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Plaza Lavapies, Madrid

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Lavapiés is an informal neighbourhood of the city of Madrid, centered on the Plaza de Lavapiés. It is located within the boundaries of the administrative ward of Embajadores, part of the Centro District.The name literally means "wash feet" possibly in the fountain in Plaza de Lavapiés which no longer exists.OverviewLavapiés was long considered the most "typical" neighborhood of Madrid; humble and somewhat neglected. Now its large immigrant population has given it an exotic, cosmopolitan flavor and it draws many visitors from other parts of Madrid, as well as foreign tourists. An inscription on a fountain in Plaza de Cabestreros is a monument to the Spanish Republic in Madrid. The ruins of Escuelas Pías, a religious school, were left to stand for many years after it was burned down by the anti-Catholic, radical left that supported the Popular Front in 1936. Only in 2002 were part of the ruins converted into a university library. The north side of the ruins face the Plaza Augustin Lara, named after the 20th century Mexican composer who wrote a song about Madrid which includes the phrase "I'll make you the empress of Lavapies".In the late 1980s and 1990s, Lavapiés had acquired a reputation as a "vertical slum", with its tenement blocks either empty or occupied by older people paying low rents. As a result, it became the most important location for okupación, or squatting, in Madrid.More recently, it has become the focal point for immigrant populations, from the Indian subcontinent Chinese, Arabs and Senegalese. It has been estimated that around 60% of the population is of foreign origin and that there are 82 different nationalities represented.
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  • Just below the square there is a 24 h Carrefour Market. That is a major food store that is open 24 h. Great selection and price.
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  • Even though many people consider it dark and insecure we have not had that impression. We have stayed there, and we have gone smoothly, even at night. Many people in the street is always, but respectful. Many bars and very picturesque. Equal to take steps, nothing to the q a visitor in the third world this not accustomed. We love. Excellent for stay.
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  • I like the old quarters of Madrid but Lavapies, nor is it nice or pleasant, it is quite dirty and quite unsafe. I do not recommend to walk it.
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  • It's good when you get to a place and those who serve you know about what you are selling. If you have questions, let us advice that probably will end up finding what you need. Friendly service. Reasonable prices.
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  • Many things, good price, good service, highly recommended
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  • Hardware that has it all, in the heart of Madrid. Also sells small appliances and other kitchen items. It is OK for a trouble
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  • This hardware store, where you can find anything you want is located in plaza de lavapiés. Not only you can buy any type of screws, tools, etc. But you can also buy appliances, crockery, etc. The price, not more expensive than in the large stores and you encourage trade in district.
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  • They have everything but not treat you very well. No more hardware store if you want another treatment although this is the largest and most visible. Though lying is something that you usually end up needing occasionally and in Lavapiés have all kinds of services.
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