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Flamboyant Gothic Design

Not all buildings that look old have long histories. Madrid's City Hall (also known as Cybele Palace) is a case in point. Though the structure looks like a high-Gothic cathedral, it was actually built in the early twentieth century to house the main offices of the Spanish postal service. It served this function for almost a century until it was converted to the city hall in 2007. City Hall is particularly interesting because of its grand size, location near some of Madrid's most beautiful fountains, and flamboyant architecture including a façade elaborately decorated with cartouches and pilasters. Long pinnacles sit atop each of the building's towers, the tallest reaching almost forty meters in height.

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