Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Calle de las Huertas (Madrid’s Charming Residential Strip Mall) Magnificent Madrid Series 15

Calle de las Huertas 
Madrid’s Charming Residential Strip Mall
Magnificent Madrid Series 15 

The lovely Calle de las Huertas is
a pedestrianized street in Madrid,


…a route we took when we
 visited the Prado Museum .


It gently descends from the Plaza del Ángel,
a block away from Plaza Jacinto Benavente,

… to the Plaza de la Platería de Martínez.

It was named from the "orchard of the meadow"
as it was the land  located adjacent to the meadow
of  the Jerónimos during the seventeenth century.


In its route, well preserved historic buildings
like Nuevo Rezado , the Santoña and Molins.


In the 18th century it was named Máiquez Street,
in honor of the popular Spanish actor and patriot
Isidoro Máiquez, one of the best artists of his time.


Calle de las Huertas had a legendary vile reputation
of being a red light district and a center of  prostitution
in the past that inspired malicious phrases like
 “Huertas-  a street, with more whores than doors”.


At present, the historic Calle de las Huertas
has transformed into a quaint neighborhood, lined 
with charming  home based  tapa bars, restaurants, 


....family stores and mini markets.

We were fortunate to have beautiful chosen this route,


...on our way to Prado Museum.

Read the links below for related posts

Caceres to Madrid 
Scenic Train Ride to the Spanish Capital City
Magnificent Madrid Series 1 

La Pausa 
Madrid’s Welcome Feast 
Magnificent Madrid Series 2 

Petit Palace Opera 
Homey Hotel at the Heart of Madrid
Magnificent Madrid Series 3 

Calle Arenal 
Madrid’s Vibrant Street Mall
Magnificent Madrid Series 4

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