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Plaza de la Paja

The Plaza de la Paja, once belonged to Marqués de Comillas and it is located in the center of Madrid of the Asturias. The plaza is called this because straw was auctioned and distributed here by the priests of the neighboring Chapel of the Bishop for the caretaking of the mules that they owned. Considering the central location, the spaciousness and the surrounding buildings, it was truly the center of life in the neighborhood, the main and most important square during the Medieval era until Juan II established the Arrabal plaza over the Luján laguna which later became the Plaza Mayor of the Royalty of Spain. From the 8th century it was known as the main commercial center, or the marketplace of the city.

Here resided the most important noble families of Madrid. The palaces belonged to the families of Lasso de Castilla, the Vargas, the Marqués de la Romana, and also the Catholic Monarchs. One of the palaces is named after Isabel I of Castile (Isabel la Católica) although the Monarchical family lived in the Palace the Lasso de Castilla , which was located very close and in the same square.

In the northern part of the plaza, we can find the marvelous Capilla del Obispo (Bishop’s chapel) that is joined with the Vargas Palace. The chapel belongs to the religious building complex of San Andrés, where you can find an elevated stairwell that unites the parish church with the Lasso Palace. It was the private entrance to the church where the Royalty entered to listen to the mass.

Palace of the Lasso (The Lasso Palace)

It was the largest palace of the neighborhood. The construction started with Pedro de Castilla, nephew of King Don Pedro, who settled in Madrid in 1492 and married Lady Catalina Lasso, daughter of Mondéjar. Later, the Palace was passed on to the Dukes of Infantado. In this palace resided the Catholic Kings and the Cardinal Cisneros, where the Junta de Grandes (Grand Council) demanded that the power of the reign be taught by the Cardinal, opening the balconies and showing the army and weaponry located in the plaza. The Cardinal responded: “ With these powers that the king gave me, I govern and will govern Spain until the prince arrives.”

San Ildefonso School

The site was occupied by the Palace of Beltrán de la Cueva, belonging to the Lujanes de la Moreria from 1510. In the 19th century it was the temporary residential palace of the Salesas Reales after they had been forced out of the monastery of Lady Barbara of Braganza in 1870. They resided there for 11 years and then they moved to the new convent in Joaquin García Morato street.

Once the building was abandoned, the reparations were made in order to house the school of San Ildefonso that was already fully operating in 1884. According to documents, between 1533 and 1543, the building was royally protected, and in 1478 professional and religious education was provided for poor children were boarded at the school. Since March 9, 1771 the children of this school have been delivering the results and prizes of the National Lottery in song to the public.

2017-06-16T08:43:52+00:00 March 24th, 2017|Madrid|

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