Photographer's Note

The square is located just a short walk from both the Plaza Mayor and the Puerta del Sol. It plays host to a large number of bars, cafeterias, restaurants and cervecerias.

The square was originally the site of the Convent of Santa Ana, founded in 1586 but demolished during the reign of José Bonaparte (Napoleon's brother), in 1810. In its place, the Plaza was created around 1848.

To the west side of square, the unmistakable façade of the Reina Victoria hotel dominates the square. The hotel was built in 1916. Two statues in the square play tribute to two great Spanish personalities. The first, close to the hotel, is of Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600 - 1681), the famous Spanish playwright. The second, just in front of the Theatre, is of Federico García Lorca (1898 - 1936), poet and dramatist, killed by the Nationalists during the Spanish Civil War.


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