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Puerta del Sol
Puerta del Sol is the life and soul of Madrid, bringing throngs of tourists and locals alike to sample its shopping, restaurants, monuments, and palaces. Forming part of the original wall of the city in the 15th century, the “Gate of the Sun” with its eastern orientation because synonymous with the rising of the sun. It serves as km marker zero for the six principal roads leading to all parts of Spain from Madrid.
Puerta del Sol is home to some of most famous shopping in Spain on its Calle Preciados and surrounding streets. Close by are the Plaza Mayor, Palacio Real, the Gran Via with its theater district and to the east the home of Parliament for the Kingdom of Spain.