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Walking on gran vía is looking all the way long

The Gran Vía of Madrid is definitely a must-see in the capital city of Spain. Until recently, Madrid was not a city of very high buildings or skyscrapers. Lately, this has been changing in the area of Paseo de la Castellana and Plaza de Castilla, but just recently, the highest buildings were on Gran Vía. And they have history. And a great beauty.

Walking on Gran Vía means looking up and down constantly. Because of the buildings and because of the people, and because of everything all around you. One can say Gran Vía is to Madrid what The West End is to London. Full of cinemas, theaters, people. Go for a walk on Gran Vía.
Pedro Jareño
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Elegant buildings

I think it’s no exaggeration to say that here are few streets in Madrid quite as captivating as Gran Vía. That’s precisely what makes it a must-see place for any visitor to Madrid (although we locals also like to enjoy it). It was built at the beginning of the 20th century during an ambitious project to connect Madrid’s two most prosperous districts, Arguelles and Salamanca. The solution was to demolish some of Madrid’s older and more run-down neighborhoods and build new, elegant buildings in their place. The effort wasn’t in vain. Some of the most beautiful buildings in Madrid are located on Gran Vía, like, my personal favorite, the Metrópolis Building. During many decades, Gran Vía was the pleasure center of the capital and contained a high density of cinemas and theatres (I can still recall the hand-painted marquee posters lining Gran Vía). Unfortuantely, it’s more common nowadays to find big chain clothing stores and Grupo Vips restaurants. In any case, it’s still a fascinating place to have a walk.
naxos
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Look up

Does anyone look up when walking? I mean, when you get lost walking in a city, do you usually look up? Do you usually see the top of the buildings? If so, congratulations. You don't know what you're missing if you don't.

It is the case of the Gran Vía of Madrid, the top of the buildings are incredibly beautiful. From the emblematic Capitol building (Schweppes), passing by the beautiful Telefonica building and the no less impressive Grassy building, etc.. You just have to be willing to see it and enjoy a simple walk.
Rodrigo Nieto
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The best street in madrid

Gran Vía is a completely obligatory stop for anyone who visits Madrid. It’s my favorite street in the Spanish Capital.

During the day, it’s filled with people shopping at the countless stores that fill the street, sitting at one of the terraces to have a drink or a bite to eat, or just going for a stroll. At night, everything is lit up. Each weekend Madrid’s Gran Vía is party central and packed with partygoers, whether it be the cold months of winter or the scorching months of summer. People are always out and enjoying themselves on this street.

My favorite part of Gran Vía is where it begins, next to the Metrópolis building, one of the most emblematic and symbolic of the city. It’s the perfect place to be your “center of operations” as you enjoy your visit in Madrid.
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I feel like a fish in water

I don't know what to say about this avenue. To me it is the best street in the entire country. The activity almost 24 hours a day, the color and all you can find all the way long is without a doubt a good presentation. There is always something to see, someone to talk to or to spend the morning, the afternoon or the night with. Every time I go to Madrid, since the first time I visited in the mid-eighties, I go to Gran Vía. I feel like a fish in water, going up and down the avenue, from one side to the other... It makes me happy!
sala2500
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An avenue with frenetic activity

It never sleeps. An avenue with frenetic activity. A street in constant movement. The Gran Vía of Madrid turned a century old, a historical and cultural reference offering a whole universe of opportunities: along the two kilometers you can have a coffee, eat in any restaurant, enjoy great shows and even get lost in the big stores.
ROBERTO GARCIA BALBOA
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What has not been said yet...

What can I say about this street of Madrid that has not been said yet, very little if anything. I love going on this street, even though I was born in Madrid and I have walked there an endless number of times, I don't get tired of walking with my camera and find out about new details on the buildings. The former cinemas are now used for musicals, the Telefonica building, the Carrión, the Callao cinema, the Metropolitan and so many more all the way down Gran Vía.
Carmen Quereda Merino
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Madrid is not even conceivable withou...

Madrid is not even conceivable without the Gran Vía. It is not only the main arterial road which cuts from east to west, the center of the city, but also the true heart from the beginning of the twentieth century in business, popular culture, the traditions, the history of the city, the theater district. The Gran Vía starts from calle Alcalá, close to the square of Cibeles, and ends at Piazza di Spagna. The first part, between Alcala and the Red de San Luis, is dedicated to hotels and luxury stores such as jewelers and high fashion. The second, to the square of Callao, is the most lively and bustling of the avenue, where there are cafes, bars and stores. In the coming finally to the Spanish Steps (Broadway madrileña) are cinemas, theaters, dance halls and so many shops. The Gran Via is first and foremost a monumental road, dotted with the most important buildings of the city. These include the Metropolis, the Oratory of the Caballero de Gracia, Edificio Telefónica, the Madrid-Paris Building, the Building Casa Matesanz, the Palacio de la Prensa, the Cine Callao, the Capitol, the Coliseum and the Cine Torre de Madrid. Just in 2010 are celebrated Hundred Years of Gran Via, with a succession of events, exhibitions, conferences and events throughout the year. There is no time of day that you do not deserve to go here: A coffee after dinner, a little 'shopping, a stroll at sunset .. A unique place for me and millions of other people.

Madrid non è nemmeno concepibile senza la Gran Vía. Essa è non solo la principale arteria stradale che taglia da est a ovest il centro della città, ma anche il vero cuore pulsante fin dagli inizi del Novecento degli affari, della cultura popolare, delle tradizioni, della storia cittadina, dei teatri.
La Gran Vía inizia dalla calle Alcalá, vicino alla piazza della Cibeles, e termina in piazza di Spagna. La prima parte, tra Alcalá e la Red de San Luis, è dedicata a hotel e negozi di lusso come gioiellerie e alta moda. La seconda, fino alla piazza di Callao, è la parte più viva e brulicante del vialone, dove sorgono caffè, bar e grandi magazzini. Nella parte che arriva a piazza di Spagna infine (la Broadway madrileña) troviamo cinema, teatri, sale di ballo e ancora tanti negozi.
La Gran Vía è prima di tutto una strada monumentale, dove spiccano i più significativi edifici della città. Tra questi ricordiamo il Metropolis, l'Oratorio del Caballero de Gracia, l'Edificio Telefónica, l'Edificio Madrid-Paris, l'Edificio Casa Matesanz, il Palacio de la Prensa, il Cine Callao, il Capitol, il Cine Coliseum e la Torre de Madrid.
Proprio nel 2010 vengono celebrati i Cento Anni della Gran Via, con un susseguirsi di eventi, mostre, conferenze e spettacoli lungo tutto l'anno.
Non c'è momento del giorno in cui non meriti passare di qui: Un caffè dopopranzo, un po' di shopping, una passeggiata al tramonto.. Un posto unico per me e per altri milioni di persone.
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It's a special day but i live alone. ...

It's a special day but I live alone. This is what has started a new job in a city like Madrid. Everything moves around and you're still. So many people and this afternoon you're alone. Work, work ... damn need progamada daily task. For Gran Vía seesaw people who are unaware of my presence. I climb to the top floor of the English Court of Callao, which were born knowing how Galleries Preciados, and sit in the cafeteria. I give a feast of pancakes with chocolate and vanilla milkshake. Who's afraid of the calories. Ahead, through the window, the poster that survives Schweppes Lumen from her corner of the main street in Madrid. Picadilly Circus is our mini, those few persons who survived lights pollutants lumínicamente eighties. Good advantage, says the poster. Needless to hesitate, I reply.

Es un día especial pero lo vivo sola. Es lo que tiene empezar en un nuevo trabajo en una ciudad como Madrid. Todo se mueve a tu alrededor y tu estás quieta. Tanta gente y esta tarde tu estás sola. Trabajo, trabajo... maldita necesidad de tener una tarea programada cada día. Por Gran Vía sube y baja gente que no se percatan de mi presencia.

Subo al último piso de El Corte Inglés de Callao, lo que nacimos conociendo como Galerías Preciados, y me siento en la cafetería. Me doy un festín de tortitas con chocolate y batido de vainilla. Quién dijo miedo a las calorías.

Enfrente, a través del ventanal, el cartel lumínico de Schweppes que pervive desde su rincón de la gran calle madrileña. Es nuestro mini Picadilly Circus, esas poquitas luces que sobrevivieron a los lumínicamente contaminantes años ochenta. Bueno provecho, me dice el cartel. Ni que lo dudes, contesto yo.
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Able to walk down the asphalt become ...

Able to walk down the asphalt become blue carpet before you set foot old Madrid, wagons and modern autonóviles million is a priceless experience. Yesterday thousands of locals we dived into the street (to our most illustrious street Gran Via) as did thousands of locals tambén making other communities and that both countries enjoy our city. It was a unique opportunity to take pictures (even with tripod) to the Fine Arts Building or risk Metropolis without being hit. San Isidro wine centennial this year, and that our Gran Vía chotis walked together, tango (in some performances) and all kinds of music that inspired the event.

Poder caminar por ese asfalto convertido en alfombra azul que antes que tú pisaron viejos madrileños, carromatos y millones de modernos autonóviles es una experiencia impagable.

Ayer miles de madrileños nos echamos a la calle (a nuestra calle más ilustre la Gran Vïa) como tambén hicieron miles de madrileños de adopción de otras comunidades y países que tanto disfrutan de nuestra ciudad.

Era una oportunidad única de poder hacer fotografías (con trípode incluso) al Círculo de Bellas Artes o el Edificio Metrópolis sin riesgo a ser atropellados.

San Isidro este año vino con centenario, y en esa nuestra Gran Vía pasearon juntos el chotis, el tango (en algunas actuaciones) y músicas de todo tipo que animaron el acontecimiento.
Guillermo García
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A glorious street

To begin construction in 1910 and completed in 1931 had time to go assuming different architectural fashions from Europe. The Gran Via starts at Grassy building and not in the building Metropolis as people believe, and from this point to Callao is an architectural spectacle. Chamfers, balustrades, grilles, windows, statues, domes, art nouveau, lot of modernity, a spectacle for the eyes and more who likes architecture. Alcala street parallel to the Gran Via is another architectural spectacle, where between the two there is a building that I find gorgeous "The petit palace". Callao is culminated with the Callao cinema that has that vintage feel that I love, the Palace of the Press which is made of brick and of course the "Edificio Carrión" or Capitol cinema. Expressionist influences, and a chamfer that is already part of the mythology Madrid. From Callao Plaza Spain is gorgeous, but it's become more austere buildings, and for my taste the rush is noticed by the end of this street was eternal. I think if you like architecture is the ideal place, because you find everything, and everything good. Finally add the building of Rafael de la Hoz is being done in front of the Capitol is worth a look and draw conclusions, I love it.

Una gloriosa calle

Al empezar a construirse en el 1910 y terminarse en 1931 dio tiempo a ir asumiendo las distintas modas arquitectónicas que venían de Europa. La Gran Vía empieza en el edificio Grassy y no en el edificio Metrópolis como la gente cree, y desde este punto hasta Callao es un espectáculo de arquitectura. Chaflanes, balustradas, rejerías, cristaleras, estatuas, cúpulas, art noveau, mucho modernismo; un espectáculo para los ojos y mas a quien le guste la arquitectura. La calle Alcala en paralelo con la Gran Vía es también otro espectáculo arquitectónico, donde entre las dos hay un edificio que me parece una preciosidad "El petit palace". Callao es culminada con el cine Callao que tiene ese toque vintage que me encanta, el Palacio de la Prensa que está hecho de ladrillo y por supuesto el "Edificio Carrión" o cine Capitól. de influencias expresionistas, y con un chaflan que ya forma parte de la mitología madrileña.
Desde Callao a Plaza España es una preciosidad, pero ya los edificios se vuelven mas austeros, y para mi gusto se nota la prisa que hubo por terminar esta calle eterna.
Yo creo que si os gusta la arquitectura es el sitio ideal, porque encuentras de todo, y todo bueno. Por último añadir que el edificio de Rafael de la Hoz que se está haciendo enfrente del Capitol vale la pena echar un vistazo y sacar las conclusiones; a mi me encanta.
Antonio Fernandez Pozuelo
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Crossing the living room of a house in the great va.

How is it possible? Since the mid-nineteenth century proposed a modification of this street, ie an expansion with the intention to supply the northwest and the city center. In the early twentieth century and began what would become one of the biggest urban developments of Madrid at the time. Construction began on April 4, 1910. The construction project contemplated the demolition of many buildings, including several churches, and the disappearance or transformation of many streets. Following the plan proposed by Salaberry and Octavian, the construction was carried out in three stages: The first section, between the Calle de Alcala and Montera was conducted between 1910 and 1915. The second installment, The Boulevard, between San Luis Network and Callao, was conducted in the following four years, between 1917 and 1922. The third section, between the Plaza de Callao and northern Spain Square, was started on February 16, 1925 and was completed in 1929. The Hostal La Plata, located in the first section mentioned in modern Gran Via 15, belongs to a building that initially was built for the Marquis of Villamayor de Santiago. Therefore we can say that in passing down the Gran Vía are going through the living room of a house that in times past was there located.

Cruzar el salón de una casa en la gran vía.

¿Como es posible? Debido que a mediados del siglo XIX se planteó una modificación de esta calle, es decir un ensanche con la intención que comunicara el noroeste y el centro de la ciudad.
A comienzos del siglo XX comenzaba así la que se convertiría en una de las mayores intervenciones urbanísticas del Madrid de la época. Las obras comenzaron el 4 de abril de 1910.
El proyecto de construcción contemplaba la demolición de gran cantidad de edificios, incluyendo varias iglesias, y la desaparición o transformación de numerosas calles.
Siguiendo el plan propuesto por Salaberry y Octavio, la construcción se llevó a cabo en tres etapas:
El primer tramo, entre la calle de Alcalá y la de Montera se realizó entre 1910 y 1915.
El segundo tramo, El Bulevar, entre la Red de San Luis y Callao, se realizó en los siguientes cuatro años, entre 1917 y 1922.
El tercer tramo, entre la plaza de Callao y el norte de la plaza de España; fue comenzado el 16 de febrero de 1925 y se terminó en 1929.
El Hostal La Plata, situado en el primer tramo mencionado, en la actual Gran Vía 15, pertenece a un edificio que en sus inicios se construyó para el Marqués de Villamayor de Santiago.
Por tanto podemos decir que al pasar por la Gran vía estás atravesando el salón de una casa que en tiempos atrás estuvo ahí ubicada.
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Now you have the opportunity to make ...

Now you have the opportunity to make a special visit from Gran Via on the occasion of its centennial. This is the musical and theatrical tour you do on a tour bus. These visits organized by the city council made the evenings on weekends until May 31, and then, after the heats, began again in September through November. In the video I uploaded you can see a summary of the visit, and you get the idea. It really is an original way to visit the century-old Gran Vía and concoer its history and curiosities of the same.

Ahora tienes la oportunidad de hacer una visita muy especial de la Gran Vía con motivo de su Centenario. Se trata de la visita teatralizada y musical que haces en un autobús turístico.

Estas visitas organizadas por el ayuntamiento se hacen por las tardes los fines de semana hasta el 31 de mayo, y luego, pasados los calores, se retoman en septiembre hasta noviembre.
En el vídeo que he subido podéis ver un resumen de la visita, y os hacéis una idea. Realmente es una forma original de visitar la ya centenaria Gran Vía y de concoer su historia y curiosidades de la misma.
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The broadway of madrid

The Gran Via is the Broadway of Madrid. It is a street with a lot of history, a must for any tourist. Both of the street you can see houses especially characteristic buildings. There are shops of all kinds, from Zara or H & M, to Loewe. But undoubtedly the main feature of the Gran Vía are cinemas and theaters. Madrid's main theaters are on this street. The cinemas despite the tough competition they have on them as Kinepolis supermarkets, endure for their authenticism, are property of the locals. I invite you to contéis your experience on this street.

La Gran Vía es el Broadway de Madrid. Es una calle con mucha historia, visita obligada para cualquier turista. A ambos de la calle se pueden apreciar edificios de casas especialmente característicos. Hay tiendas de todo tipo, desde Zara o H&M, hasta Loewe. Pero sin duda la principal característica de la Gran Vía son sus cines y teatros. Los principales teatros de Madrid están en esta calle. Los cines a pesar de la dura competencia que ejercen sobre ellos las grandes superficies como Kinepolis, perduran por su autenticismo, son patrimonio de los madrileños.

Os invito a que contéis vuestras experiencias sobre esta calle.

Calle de visita obligada en Madrid. Y más ahora que cada dos por tres se convierte en peatonal. A algunos gustará esta medida, a otros no, lo que está claro es que el viajero gana con ella.
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