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Viaducto de Segovia – Original viaduct

Madrid has its ramps and hills up to the Manzanares river. It’s like a valley going down to the river. To solve these ups and downs between Bailén and Segovia streets a bridge was built made of wood in 1874. Then iron replaced this structure in the 1930s. Until 1974, when the current concrete viaduct was built in a rationalist style.

I’ve always found this place as magical. Perhaps because I find it exciting to be 23 meters above the busy Segovia street. Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar likes this place so much that he has featured it in several movies. There are many legends about this site. People committed suicide here till 1998 when the town hall installed those glass panels to avoid it. By crossing you see the big forest of Casa de Campo on one side and the roofs from La Latina neighbourhood on the other.

Come here strolling from Plaza de España, Royal Palace and Almudena Cathedral. Once you pass the viaduct you reach San Francisco el Grande church which contains Goya’s paintings within that mosque-dome style. Do not forget to visit the nearby Las Vistillas park the 15th of May during the San Isidro feast. There is a nice view of the Almudena cathedral from this point.

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Address

Calle Bailén, Madrid

Opening Times

24 hours daily

Price

Free
Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)