Thursday, September 29, 2005
Plaza Mayor, Madrid
To see how relaxed everyone is in the courtyard sunshine of Plaza Mayor, you would never know that this was one of the locations for the Spanish Inquisition, where "heretics" were tried and burned at the stake. The grand courtyard has also been used for bullfights, coronations, and various festivities.
Plaza Mayor was built in the early 17th century, but has been reconstructed several times since due to destruction by fire. On a recent Sunday afternoon, the courtyard was filled with Madrilenos, young travelers from everywhere, tapas bars, and music. Today it's a wonderful gathering place.