Arco de Cuchilleros, Madrid

Arco de Cuchilleros, Madrid

The largest and liveliest plaza in Madrid is the Plaza Mayor and you can gain access to it through nine archways, the most famous of which is the Arco de los Cuchilleros.

The archway is more a street than a simple arch between one place and another. Reached by a flight of stone steps, the Cutler’s Arch was once where the city’s cutlers and sword makers plied their trade.

Nowadays it has taverns and handicraft shops where you can buy handmade souvenirs, including pottery, leather goods, wood-carvings, wicker baskets and silver jewelry. In one of the taverns you can watch, or even take part in, flamenco dancing.

The Plaza Mayor was built in the early 17th century, but after a fire destroyed most of it in 1790, the Spanish architect, Juan de Villanueva, redesigned the square in the style you can see today. The plaza has served many purposes over the centuries: it was a market, a bullring, a gathering place for public executions, an open-air theater and where many tournaments took place.

Today it is a great tourist attraction with its cafes, restaurants and shops. In late November until the end of the year it is the site of the biggest Christmas market in Madrid, and on Sundays there is an important market for coin and stamp collectors.
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Sight Name: Arco de Cuchilleros
Sight Location: Madrid, Spain
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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