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July 3, 2023

35 Impressive Black and White Photos Capture Street Scenes of Madrid in the 1980s

Madrid is the capital and most populous city of Spain. It is the second-largest city in the European Union (EU), and its monocentric metropolitan area is the second-largest in the EU. The municipality covers 604.3 km2 (233.3 sq mi) geographical area.

Madrid lies on the River Manzanares in the central part of the Iberian Peninsula. Capital city of both Spain (almost without interruption since 1561) and the surrounding autonomous community of Madrid (since 1983), it is also the political, economic and cultural centre of the country. The city is situated on an elevated plain about 300 km (190 mi) from the closest seaside location. The climate of Madrid features hot summers and cool winters.

While Madrid possesses modern infrastructure, it has preserved the look and feel of many of its historic neighborhoods and streets. Its landmarks include the Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace of Madrid; the Royal Theatre with its restored 1850 Opera House; the Buen Retiro Park, founded in 1631; the 19th-century National Library building (founded in 1712) containing some of Spain’s historical archives; many national museums, and the Golden Triangle of Art, located along the Paseo del Prado and comprising three art museums: Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía Museum, a museum of modern art, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, which complements the holdings of the other two museums. Cibeles Palace and Fountain has become one of the monument symbols of the city.

These impressive black and white photos were taken by Spanish photographer Julio López Saguaro that show street scenes of Madrid in the 1980s.

Geometry, Madrid, 1980

Calle de la Princesa, Madrid, 1981

Beggars, Calle de Goya, Madrid, 1983

Parque Eva Duarte de Perón, Madrid, 1983

Traffic, Madrid, 1983

Juggler, El Retiro, Madrid, 1984

Three, El Retiro, Madrid, 1984

Caramelos Paco, Madrid, 1985

Door, Madrid, 1985

Estación de las Delicias, Madrid, 1985

Estación del Norte, Madrid, 1985

Raining, Eva Duarte de Perón park, Madrid, 1985

Seat 600, Madrid, 1985

Tyres, Madrid, 1985

Zoo, Madrid, 1985

Atocha Station before the reform, Madrid, 1986

Catering, Estudios Barajas, Madrid, 1986

Estación del Norte, Madrid, 1986

Facturación, Estación del Norte, Madrid, 1986

No title, Nuevo Versalles, Fuenlabrada, Madrid, 1986

Pinto, Madrid, 1986

Skeleton, Nuevo Versalles, Fuenlabrada, Madrid, 1986

Talleres García, Alcorcón, Madrid, 1986

Abandoned, Alcorcón, Madrid, 1987

Cleaning, Estación del Norte, Madrid, 1987

Concert, Plaza de la Villa, Madrid, 1987

Downloading, Madrid, 1987

Estación del Norte, Madrid, 1987

Freeze, Madrid, 1987

Medical strike, El Retiro, Madrid, 1987

Smoke, Estación del Norte, Madrid, 1987

The Ritz, Madrid, 1987

Bingo, Casa de Campo, Madrid, 1988

Fair, Casa de Campo, Madrid, 1988

Former El Águila Beer Factory, Antigua Fábrica de Cerveza El Águila, Madrid, 1988

Lunch, Madrid, 1988

Night, Alcorcón, Madrid, 1988

Traffic, Plaza de Colón, Madrid, 1988

El Rastro, Madrid, 1989

Metro, Ciudad de la Imagen, Madrid, 1989

(Photo © Julio López Saguaro)


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