The ABC Serrano shopping centre offers much more than just shopping. Make the most of your visit by exploring the attractions of the Salamanca area. Enjoy the culture, gastronomy and leisure activities it has to offer.
HISTORY OF THE SALAMANCA AREA
The Salamanca area is one of the most important neighbourhoods of Madrid, both because of its peculiar distribution and because of the inhabitants who have traditionally resided in its emblematic streets.
The construction of the area dates back to the mid-19th century and corresponds to the urban expansion carried out during the reign of Isabel II. It is named after the precursor José de Salamanca y Mayol, from Málaga, who was the Marquis of Salamanca. He conceived a new location with a specially designed construction to host the aristocrat and bourgeois classes of Madrid. It has a 19th century style, characterised by its special distribution in a grid layout with perpendicular streets. The buildings in this neighbourhood are particularly interesting thanks to their architectural quality and the beauty of their façades.
Salamanca was traditionally a residential area, mainly inhabited by the political and economic elites of the country. Over the last fifty years, this residential nature has come to live alongside other aspects such as business, diplomatic and in particular commercial activities. It is one of the most important luxury fashion areas in the city. (Source: Turismo de Madrid, ESMADRID)
ART AND CULTURE
National Archaeological Museum The main cultural jewel in the Salamanca area opened its doors again in 2014, after several years of restoration works. It exhibits pieces from Ancient Egypt, Greek ceramics and Roman sculptures alongside a rich collection of Iberian sculptural art, among which you can find the museum’s main event: The Lady of Elche. Go to the museum.
Lázaro Galdiano Museum. It is home to the legacy that the art critic José Lázaro Galdiano left to the State after his death in 1947. Some of the highlights among its treasures are St. Jerome at Prayer by Bosch, Witches’ Sabbath by Goya and a vase from the mythical Tartessos culture. Go to the museum
The Carlos de Amberes Foundation It was created in 1594 as a place of hostel and lodging for pilgrims from the Netherlands. Nowadays, the foundation works to bring this European region’s culture closer to Madrid. It is based in a historic building with a treasure: The Martyrdom of Saint Andrew, by Rubens. Go to the museum.
Puerta de Alcalá. This gate is located in Plaza de la Independencia in one of the vertices of El Retiro Park. It was constructed by Sabatini as part of the beautification renovations in the city which were promoted by Carlos III. It is made of granite and has a neoclassical style. It is an example of proportion, harmony and elegance. The King contracted Sabatini to build it in commemoration of his arrival to the capital city in 1778. The gate was placed at the city entrance near El Retiro, next to the road which led to Alcalá de Henares, which is where its name comes from.
El Retiro El Retiro Park is a green oasis in the centre of Madrid. It is one of the green lungs of the city and offers culture, leisure and sport to Madrid residents and visitors. Some of its most important architectural and historic components include the Large Lake, the Palacio de Velázquez (Velázquez Palace) and the Palacio de Cristal (Glass Palace). It is also home to outstanding sculptures and fountains such as Fuente del Ángel Caído (The Fallen Angel Fountain) and Fuente de los Galápagos (The Turtle Fountain), among others.
Plaza Mayor, 27 (Salón de Columnas de la Casa de la Panadería).
Metro: Sol (Línea 1, 2 y 3) y Ópera (Línea 5).
Teléfono: +34 91 588 16 36