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The most traditional queen

Finally, after spending a day walking through this Madrid of the Habsburgs and learning about its history, we arrive on one of the most relevant squares of the city: the square dedicated to the traditional queen of the 19th century, daughter of Fernando VII and mother of Alfonso XII, great grandfather of the current king of Spain.

This square was created thanks to King Felipe III of the Habsburg dynasty. The fountain Caños del Peral, a granite pond providing water to the people of Madrid through seven spouts. The square has the honor to have two dynasties: the Habsburgs and the Bourbons, who finished the configuration it currently has.

Of rectangular shape, it has many shops and bars around, with in particular the one called Casa del Pulpo, where you can enjoy this delicious food, I recommend it.

I must say that you can find two of the best restaurants in Madrid around it: the Taberna del Alabardero, where they will serve you a glass of wine with a square-shaped wine bottle as they would do at the beginning of the century, the Café de Oriente, with an outside terrace to the Royal Palace, the Paella Real, with a sampler of rice dishes cooked in all possible ways.

The most emblematic of the square is the Royal Theatre or Opera Theatre, built in the 19th century and entirely renovated more than ten years ago. It is one of the most attractive opera theaters in Europe. It has five floors in the subsoil and four on the surface, with stages moved thanks to big devices which make it possible to represent all types of musical shows. The shape is of an uneven hexagon and on the sides you can see the Royal Palace, built on the order of the Bourbon king Carlos III, very Frenchified and getting away from this route through the Habsburg Madrid.
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