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Madrid Arab Wall


Our tour of ancient Madrid continues to the end of Calle Mayor, crossing Calle Bailén and directly down Cuesta de la Vega. Here you'll find a section of the Muralla Árabe, one of the rare surviving artifacts of Islamic Madrid. Don't expect much -a small section that dates to the 9th century and another to the 12th, when Madrid was under early Christian rule.

The Arab Wall faces the Cathedral de la Almudena, so head back up Cuesta de Vega and turn left to find the main entrance. Just past the Cathedral is the much more noteworthy Royal Palace. The elegant square in front of the Palacio is Plaza de Oriente, with the Teatro Real -Madrid's opera house- as its focal point.

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