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Madrid — By Nellie Huang on April 21, 2010 at 10:45 am
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Snap Shot Wednesday: Madrid’s Commercial Hub

Plaza de Castilla

Contrasting the modern and new age sides of Madrid, the photo gives an excellent peek into the multi-faceted city. Old and new, weathered and contemporary edifices stand side by side. After having featured several photos on the city’s historical jewels in the previous weeks, I am showcasing Madrid’s modern technological front.

This is Plaza de Castilla, Madrid’s busy commercial hub, home to thousands of companies, banks and organizations. The two signature slanted buildings – Puerta de Europa – are the city’s icon and represent the heart of the financial district. Angled at such a point that they look like the city’s gateway, the duo is also affectionately known as Torres Kío.

Housing the city’s main financial bank Caja Madrid, Torres Kío stand at a height of 114m each, overlooking the busy district. Atop the glass building, you are treated to a bird’s eye view of the massive metropolis, stretching far out into the horizon. The duo used to be the tallest buildings in Madrid, until the arrival of the four new giants of the Castellana.

The Torres Kío mark the start to the city’s main artery: Paseo de la Castellana. This wide boulevard runs through almost the entire length of the city center, dotted by important government buildings, significant historical edifices and museums. Along with the Castellana, these two buildings play an important role in the economic development of the city.

Right at the foot of the Torres Kío, you will find a major roundabout where the metro station and a major bus terminal are located. The bus terminal connects Madrid with its suburban communities and nearby towns.

Address: Plaza de Castilla, Madrid 28046

Location on map: Plaza de Castilla

How to get there: Metro station Plaza de Castilla

Photo used with permission of marcp_dmoz.

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