Calle Mayor (Madrid)

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The Calle Mayor is a centric street in Madrid, Spain. Located in the Centro District, the Calle Mayor starts in the Puerta del Sol and ends at the cuesta de la Vega.[1]

Calle Mayor
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LocationMadrid, Spain
East endPuerta del Sol
West endCuesta de la Vega


Created in the Middle Ages it originally connected the alcázar with the Puerta de Guadalajara (a disappeared wall gate).[2] The Calle Mayor, that borders the Plaza Mayor to the North, became the main thoroughfare of the city in the Early Modern Period.[3] The Calle Mayor was the place where the guilds of silversmiths and jewelers concentrated.[4] In the 18th century, the street was divided in three sections with different names: Almudena (from the alcázar surroundings to the Plazuela de la Villa; Platería (from the plazuela de la Villa to the Puerta de Guadalajara), and Mayor (from the Puerta de Guadalajara to the Puerta del Sol).[5][6]


  1. ^ "Callejero Oficial del Ayuntamiento de Madrid. 2015" (PDF). Ayuntamiento de Madrid.
  2. ^ Sambricio 1996, p. 29.
  3. ^ Escobar 2004, pp. 374-375.
  4. ^ Jiménez Priego 1997, p. 94.
  5. ^ Sambricio 2002, p. 104.
  6. ^ Peñasco de la Puente & Cambronero 1889, pp. 321-326.