Barrio de Salamanca (5) Years

Year in which the first building still existing at the begining of 2013 was built

Year in which the first building in the lot still existing at the begining of 2013 was built

Here we are, in Madrid, capital of a vanished empire, a city in the old world. And this central area has a built stock that is probably younger than that parts of downtown Mannhattan, which in some parts is quite a historic district on its own right (only with much taller buildings, but aging ones after all). Sure, this is a XIXth century extension, but it is a proof that, despite what many could think from abroad, european cities are far from being static coocoons preserving old glories. Just note, as I have mentioned before, that this map results from the use of cadastral data, so in some cases (perharps 10%) building ages are not what you would asume, as the cadastre re-start the age of a building when it undergoes a massive refurbishment (I know some that would like that after a surgery…)

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