Madrid’s Royal Theatre opened in 1850, 32 years after the beginning of its construction. It really surprised me that a building’s construction started, only to be paused for 13 years due to economic reasons.
Queen Elisabeth of Valois (Isabel II) participated in its inauguration. I can still remember when I discovered that this Spanish queen was known for being a nymphomaniac.
Apart from street art I do also love music, and it might be interesting to know that one of my favorite tenor singers, Placido Domingo, participated at the Royal Theatre’s re-inauguartion in 1997.
Beneath Isabel II square, I found one of the first water fountains of the city from the XVII century. It supplied water to the Royal Palace and the Arab baths, and you can see it at the metro station as it is free and open to everyone.
There were some tunnels who linked the Royal Palace and the Royal Theatre which were used by bandits in order to escape from justice, and also by the Republican side during the Spanish Civil War.