Public Executions In Madrid of the 17th century:
At the17th century, lots of people were sacrified on squares accused by being witches, of doing alchemy or have a different social idea as in the cases of many dukes or important people from the nobility at the priod of the inquisition. In madrid these types of executions were very common in the Barleys market and the Major square, althow that, they were done in many places of the city as in churches, palaces, parks..... etc. The executions started in the Plaza Mayor; hangings, incinerations or the Garrote Vil were the most common until the executions were moved to the Mercado De La cebada were dukes, witches and people from the nobility were executed in public for advertising the transients to be aware of what they do. These crimiminals, protestants and witches came from the Monastery of Santa Cruz, which was the court jail at that time.
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__http://www.abc.es/hemeroteca/historico-15-08-2005/abc/Madrid/la-plaza-de-las-ejecuciones_61202288596.html__
__http://tradicionafuegolento.com/?p=2306__
__http://cosasdelosmadriles.blogspot.com.es/2014/02/plaza-mayor-historia-festiva-y-macabra.html__