Plaza Castilla Torres Kio (The Horns of the Devil)

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If you ever go to Madrid try to discover what the Torres Kio look like. Maybe there are better places in Madrid to visit but this place is quite important to me as every time I have to be in Madrid for work I stay in one of the hotels near that place.

Plaza castilla is placed on the north part of Madrid and it’s one of the squares that divide Paseo de la Castellana. There are many attractions there: two of the main business buildings of the Spanish Capital are placed there. Two inverses twins that used to be the skyline of Madrid. Now other 4 great skyscrapers are near, where the Real Madrid sport city was once placed.

The Torres Kio, as there are known are more than 100 hundred meters high and almost 30 floors. They became real famous due to a Spanish Terror Movie made in 1995 called El Dia de La Bestia by Alex de La Iglesia (http://www.clubcultura.com/clubcine/clubcineastas/delaiglesia/obra_bestia.htm).

The reason why they became famous is that they look like the devils horns. The buildings are not straight, they are built with a 15% of inclination. But they are not the only interesting place in that square. The main Subway station now in Madrid is also placed there ( El Intercambiador). The station where all the lines and buses join.

The new obelisc is designed by Santiago Calatrava (one of the most famous architects in the world). It will have (as by now it’s not finished) 92 meters high. Also near is the Canal Isabel II park, a very good cultural exhibition center. For example now there’s a retrospective of photography made by Rodchenko. Really nice to visit if you are near the city during these days. Rodchenko changed the perspectives in the 20’s. The water tank is still there in order to keep the history alive.

written by disdis on 2009-12-13 in #world #locations #arcitecture #spain #madrid #x-pro #sun #blue #business #buildings

6 Comments

  1. lolfox
    lolfox ·

    great photos, the towers in and around plaza castilla are very photogenic and worth a visit just for that.... parque canal isabel ll is also a great place for photo exhibitions which i thorougly recommend, the rodchenko exhibition was fantastic and i think they have something new up now.... it is however nowhere near plaza de castilla.

  2. jaalvarez
    jaalvarez ·

    Es muy exótico ver las locations desde Asia, Polinesia y el Ártico ,... pero, de vez en cuando, no viene mal el pasearnos por nuestra casa.
    ¡¡ Felicidades !!

  3. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    Wow ! Superb and very lomographic gallery !

  4. stouf
    stouf ·

    Super gallery, with great contrasts ! And I agree with jaalvarez, a good urban location is always enjoyable ! : )

  5. satomi
    satomi ·

    Diego, you have a talent to turn even simple tall buildings into beautiful pictures! Love the colors!

  6. rater
    rater ·

    Super contrast photos! Indeed the towers were famous with El Dia de la Bestia... y como dice jaalvarez siempre va bien ver un poco de nuestro pais!

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