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Plaza del Marques Viudo de Pontejos

From Puerta del Sol we take the calle del Correo (Post), which will lead us to Plaza del Statue dedicated to Marques Viudo de PontejosMarquez Viudo de Pontejos.
In the XIX century the post office was located at the Casa de Correos, currently housing the Comunity of Madrid.

At calle de Correos was the main entrance and exit for carriages carrying the post. They also carried passengers and as travelling was not very common in those days, this street was one of the most important ones in Madrid. People came to welcome and say goodbye to the travellers.
It was also there where the post was delivered.
Just in front of the back part of Casa de Correos is the Casa de Postas, where the carriages were kept.

Next to  Casa de Postas is the Plaza del Marques Viudo de Pontejos. He was Madrid´s mayor from Plaza Marques Viudo de Pontejos1835 to 1836. He decided that the starting point for all roads was to be the Km 0 at Puerta del Sol. He also organized the numbering of the houses and finished the Paseo de la Castellana.
house where Jacinta livedThe fountain was put in the square in 1849 with a bust of the marquise. The square as well as the street with the same name have always been very popular places due to their shops. Many of them dedicated to sell fabrics, buttons, laces and other items for sewing.
At number 11 of the square is the house where one of the main characters of Benito Perez Galdos´novel "Fortunata and Jacinta" was supposed to live. Jacinta, belonging through her marriage to a wealthy family, lived on the main floor of the building. These appartments used to be very big, with high ceilings and many rooms housing not only the couple, but also other members of the family and the servants. Nowadays most of them are appartments.

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