This impressive building in the corner of one of the busiest city roads might not be a top city museum or a stately palace that’s fit for a duke or king, but still, the Edificio Metrópolis (or the Metropolis Building in English) is one of the most visited edifices this part of Madrid. There’s no doubt about it. Its great fame is brought about by its location — the Metropolis belongs to both the touristic Madrid streets of Calle de Alcalá and Gran Via, apart from its uniquely captivating beauty, of course. In fact, the streets both claim to be the location of the edifice, albeit many agree that Gran Via is the appropriate address.
The amazing design was the work of prominent French architects Jules and Raymond Fevrier; the father and son design team was commissioned by the city administration to create an office building for use by La Unión y el Fénix insurance company. Finally, the building was open to the public in 1911.
Its current owner, Metrópolis Seguros, made sure no stone was left unturned during its rehabilitation process to ensure a complete restoration befitting what is to become one of the city’s major landmarks.
What makes the building a major attraction along the street of Gran Via is its Renassance-styled facade complete with a row of Corinthian columns. Definitely, the most photographed part of the edifice is the slate dome and the winged Victory statue. The latter was formerly a Phoenix to represent the earlier owners of the building.
Needless to say, Gran Via is not what it is – the most vibrant and exciting avenue of Madrid – without the iconic Edificio Metropolis. In fact, thousands of visitors every year who want to have a taste of what the stretch of Gran Via has to offer, starts their tour with the Metropolis. Nobody who visits Madrid’s own great white way goes thru it without having a good glimpse and shot of this beautiful building. The best, picture-perfect shots can be had in the evening when the night illuminations enhance it even further.
Location: Calle de Alcala 42 Madrid 28014
Nearest sights and attractions:
Plaza Mayor – Madrid’s premier square
Puerta del Sol – busiest Madrid plaza and one of the city’s tourist destinations
Palacio Cibeles – site of CentroCento, city center for the culture and arts
Gran Via and Calle de Alcala – the capital’s top touristic streets
How to go:
Metro station: Sevilla, Line 2; Gran Via, Lines 1 and 5; Sol, Lines 1,2, and 3; Banco de España, Line 2
Autobus (EMT): 1, 2, 5, 3, 9, 51, 52, 46, 53, 146, 74, 150, M1 and M2, N16, N18 and N19, N20 and N21, N26