MORA, Juan Gómez de
(b. 1586, Madrid, d. 1648, Madrid)

General view

Plaza Mayor, Madrid

In 1617 Juan Gómez de Mora delivered the first drafts for the Plaza Mayor in Madrid, the assembly area in the town centre which was to serve court and city. In structure, this rectangular complex, surrounded by multi-story buildings of uniform height and arcades and the most part closed off from traffic, suggests French or Flemish models. In addition to the official royal offices which served as public administration buildings, it contained the Casa de la Panaderia, the city bakery, and therefore served both a community and a commercial function.

The Plaza Mayor was completed in 1619.

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