City Hall, Madrid - Take Away the Perfect Souvenir of This Unique Urban Icon
This stunning building, situated in the heart of the buzzing metropolis of Spain’s capital Madrid, was originally built to serve as the headquarters for the postal service, however it is now used as Madrid’s city hall (Ayuntamiento de Madrid). The external view offers impressive examples of gothic and neo-classical architecture, striking by its sheer scale, imposing profile and undeniable beauty. With so many contrasting and complimentary design elements a great fridge magnet souvenir will ensure a lasting impression of this flamboyant inner-city landmark.
Settled within the Cibeles square, this cathedral like landmark is beautifully set off by the bubbling ‘Cibeles Fountain’, which is now used by the unrelenting force that is the Real Madrid FC, to celebrate all of their many, many victories and triumphs. As this building is situated in the centre of the capital, this fountain offers a serene (when the football team isn’t celebrating here with thousands of fans!) and relaxing element forming contrast to the relentless Spanish traffic whizzing all around you, a stark reminder of its urban setting.
Where the Old Meets the New
The internal impression is quite a different story however and comes as quite the surprise to those visitors expecting the traditional gothic architecture to continue throughout. Once you enter through one of the two impressive entrances you will be dazzled by the sun beaming through the enormous glass dome roof, which is curved and irregular in shape and serves to cover a large portion on the sprawling 2,400 square meter space. Built in 1909, by Antonio Palacios this building today, quite like Madrid itself is a wonderful and eclectic mix of old and contemporary design and visitors are allowed to explore this vast space and finish the tour by making their way up to the top of the tower, where everyone is rewarded with panoramic views of this amazing city.