The central street of Madrid is also the longest - it stretches from the Puerta del Sol to the Plaza de las Ventas, which is Europe's largest bullfighting arena. Street got its name because in the Middle Ages was a dirt road and led to Alcala de Henares. Later on it kings drove into the city - from the Puerta del Sol, it turns into Calle Mayor and goes straight to the royal palace. The most important buildings - banks, ministries and agencies are on it.
At the corner of Alcala and Gran Via is Kalatravas Baroque church of the XVII century, with a beautiful dome and the main altar decoration work Churrigera brothers (the authors of almost all significant, which was built in Salamanca). On the opposite side of the street - the church of San Jose celebrated the fact that it was elevated to the rank of Lope de Vega priest.