Plaza Mayor of Valladolid
The Plaza Mayor of Valladolid at the center of the city began to take shape in the mid-thirteenth century when the market was moved from the Plaza de Santa Maria to the Market Square, which has been called Plaza Mayor since the early sixteenth century.
The Plaza Mayor of Valladolid is the first sheltered and arched main square in all of Spain. This space was originally intended to be used as a market and as a stage for public festivities.
Since the seventeenth century this square has served as the model for many other plazas in Spain: such as the Plaza Mayor of Madrid (1617), the Plaza Mayor of Salamanca (1729) and many other plazas in South America and even in Italy.