19 May 2014

#588 Madrid, Spain

The Plaza Mayor was built during the Saint John period and is a central plaza in the city of Madrid, Spain. It is located only a few Spanish blocks away from another famous plaza, the Puerta del Sol. The Plaza Mayor is rectangular in shape, measuring 129 m × 94 m (423 ft × 308 ft), and is surrounded by three-story residential buildings having 237 balconies facing the Plaza. It has a total of nine entranceways. The Casa de la Panadería, serving municipal and cultural functions, dominates the Plaza Mayor.

Date of Issue: April 23, 2014 | Europa 2014 'National Music Instruments'
Francisco Sánchez Gómez, known as Paco de Lucía, was born in Algeciras in the province of Cadiz, in 1947, and died in Cancún in Mexico in 2014. Recognised as the best flamenco guitarist of all time and the one with worldwide prestige, he fused flamenco with other types of music and styles, such as jazz, bossa nova, pop, tango and classical music. He received the Príncipe de Asturias prize for Arts in 2004. The guitar is a plucked string instrument. It consists of a wooden sound box, a neck with a finger board and frets and the six strings, three made of gut and three of silk cased in metal.

Thank you, José !

Sent on: May 15, 2014
Received on: May 19, 2014

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