Plaza Mayor and other places to see in Chinchón, pretty town in Madrid


Plaza Mayor de Chinchón near Madrid

I had been wanting to go back to visit Chinchón, which is famous for having one of the medieval squares with more charm that we can find in Spain.

To such an extent that I can assure you that it is one of the most beautiful villages you can visit in our country.

This cozy town is very close to Madrid, just 45 kilometers southeast of the capital and in the so-called region of Las Vegas, and has become one of the most typical excursions from the capital.

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  • Chinchón history
  • The best to see and do in Chinchón
  • USEFUL TIPS for your TRIP

Chinchón history

The population of Chinchón was founded by the Arabs in the eleventh century, and was under Muslim domination for three and a half centuries, although there are remains of its existence since the Neolithic period.

The first town hall was established under the reign of the Catholic kings in 1499, which visited the city several times.

In 1739 Philip V granted to Chinchón the title of “Very noble and very loyal”That appears on the coat of arms of the city, for its loyalty to the Bourbons during the War of succession.

Corner of the Plaza Mayor de Chinchón in Madrid

During the War of Independence There were many significant events, such as the execution of more than 50 of its inhabitants by the French army.

Alfonso XIII granted him in 1916 the title of city for the important development of its agriculture, but above all for the support to Monarchy.


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The best to see and do in Chinchón

The axis of your visit of Chinchón it's going to be your singular medieval square, from where you can access on foot to most of the most significant buildings in the town.

Thus, walking through its cobbled streets is going to be another of the pleasures that you should not miss on your excursion to this Madrid town.

Corner of the Plaza Mayor de Chinchón in Madrid

Main Square of Chinchón

The Main Square of Chinchón It is configured as a large enclosure with four accesses to it.

On your visit you will see that it has a three-story building, almost circular and with arcades, which shows more than 200 wooden balconies called clear.

These balconies have the singularity that they do not belong to the housing that precedes them, as they can be owned by a different owner, and some are rented when there are events.

Other balconies are used by restaurants, which makes it easier to enjoy a meal with pleasant views of the square.

Restaurant in the Plaza Mayor of Chinchón

Throughout history, the Main Square of Chinchón It has had different uses, the most significant being bullfighting celebrations, sacramental cars and how comedy corral.

Also in it every year they are celebrated The carnivals, just like him Medieval Marketl in commemoration of one of the visits made by the Catholic kings.

The Passion of Christ in Easter It is another of its cultural attractions.

To point out that both the town hall as the tourist office They are in the same square.

Clock Tower in Chinchón near Madrid

Clock Tower in Chinchón

Passing under one of the most beautiful arches of the square, on your visit you can go to theclock tower, which is the remainder of the oldest church in Chinchón, that of Our Lady of Grace of the fourteenth century, which was destroyed during the War of Independence.

As a curiosity there is a saying that refers to the aesthetics of the people: “Chinchón has a tower without a church and a church without a tower”.

From the same square you can verify the truth of this saying.

Lope de Vega Theater

Next to the clock tower you will find the Lope de Vega Theater, built on the remains of the old Palace of the Counts of Chinchón disappeared during the Spanish Succession War.

Lope de Vega Theater in Chinchón near Madrid

The Harvester Society It was commissioned to build it in 1891.

It is a very cozy theater in which a beautiful canvas with images of the city that is used as a curtain and that is the work of Luis Muriel.

They say that the theater owes its name to the work The Blazon of the Chaves of Villalba who wrote and signed Lope de Vega during your stay in the aforementioned Palace of the Counts.

The actor José María Sacristán, A native of Chinchón, he is in charge of organizing a theater contest annually.

At the foot of the theater is in stone, on the ground, the shield of the city of Chinchón.

And from that place you can look out at a viewpoint from where you have great views of the city, as well as the Castle of the Counts dominating the entire landscape.

Goya painting in the church of the Assumption in Chinchón

Church of the Assumption in Chinchón

The Church of Our Lady of the Assumption It is located below and is the current parish church of the city.

Its construction began in 1534, although it was not finished until 1626, which is reflected in the different styles that frame its interior, from the Gothic and plateresque, until the Renaissance and baroque.

During the War of Independence the church suffered a lot of damage, especially at an ornamental level, and the roof was badly damaged.

Rincon de Chinchón in Madrid

One of the most important artistic works that houses its interior is in the high altar and it is the canvas The Assumption of the Virgin what Goya performed in 1812 at the request of his brother Buck, which was the chaplain of the church and of the Counts of Chinchón.

As a curiosity it is said that the face of the Virgin it's that of a maid who worked for Goya, and with which he apparently had an affair.

The images of the angels that accompany her say that they are those of children of the town in which the painter was inspired.

To emphasize that the crucifixion that is located just above said canvas impresses by its three meters high.

Bakery in Chinchón

You can go back to the square and through its arcadego through the tourist office and for him town hall that are next to each other; It is worth looking out at this porch to see an old laundry that is very well preserved.

When you leave by another side of the square you can take a picture of the beautiful view you have from the arcade that are in front of church and the clock tower.

House of the Chains in Chinchón

On your walk you will reach theHouse of the Chains, which dates from the end of the 17th century and was the place where Philip V he stayed during his visit to Chinchón.

House of the Chains in Chinchón near Madrid

It is a beautiful building baroque with a facade of three bodies and a door adintelada.

In front of that door you find a thick chain that was used to indicate that someone important was in the house, and which is not used now.

Chapel of the Rosary in Chinchón

Another prominent corner in Chinchón is the Hermitage of Our Lady of the Rosary, a style building baroque whose interior has a single nave with side chapels.

Belonged to Convent of San Agustín and during the Spanish Civil War these chapels were used as cells for prisoners.

Chapel of the Rosary in Chinchón near Madrid

It is curious a lattice window that we find in the chapel closest to the high altar, from which the prisoners could listen to the religious offices.

They call attention to some frescoes on the cruise with columns and freckles of colorful living. 

Tourism Inn in the Augustinian monastery

Next to that chapel is the current one Chinchón Tourism Hostel, which occupies the old building Augustinian monastery.

Founded by Counts of Chinchón in the 17th century, he had as an illustrious guest the Archduke Carlos during the War of succession, and later it was a center of humanistic formation until it became a court of the judicial party.

Chinchón Tourism Hostel near Madrid

The place where the monks once lived is what the quoted occupies today hostel, and the current Rosary Hermitage It was the old convent church.

Castle of the Counts of Chinchón

A last significant corner in Chinchón is the Castle of the Counts whose construction dates from the late fifteenth century, but was destroyed by a communal attack in 1520.

Subsequently the third Count of Chinchón decided to build the current fortification on the remains of the initial, but during the aforementioned War of succession, the three days of siege suffered by the city left him destroyed.

Castle of the Counts of Chinchón

Its materials were subsequently used to rebuild many houses, roads and fences, and the last use that was given to the castle was as liquor factory.

Today its interior is not visited since it is of private property.

Finally it should be added that you visit of Chinchón it will be incomplete if you don't finish it with a meal in one of the restaurants in its main square, very frequented on festive dates to taste the traditional Castilian cuisine.

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