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Alcalá Gate#13 of 27 places to visit in Madrid
Alcala Gate (Puerta de Alcalá) in the Independence Square (Plaza de la Independencia) is located next to the Buen Retiro Park (Parque del Buen Retiro). Initially, in its place there was another gate that King Philip III constructed in honour of his wife.
When Charles III came into power, he decided to transform a simple gate and make it more suitable to majestic splendour of Madrid of those times. They held a competition to decide who will be an architecture of the gate and the best candidate was, for sure, the Italian artisan Francesco Sabatini. It was he who undertook the construction of the Alcala Gate and turned it into a masterpiece.
Alcala Gate consists of the three semicircular and two rectangular arches on the corners. On the side arches there are placed the figures of four virtues - wisdom, justice, courage and moderation.
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See Puerta de Alcalá
In the Independence Square, in the heart of Madrid, you will see the calling card of this city - the monumental gate.FREE4
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Alcalá Gate on the mapLocation: Independence Square (Plaza de la Independencia)
More places to visit in Madrid
Lighthouse of Moncloa
A notable TV tower is hundred meters high and provides the best views of the city from its observation deck.10
Elegant palace of glass, right in the middle of the Retiro Park, has been a must visit place for travelers to Madrid for 2000 years.1
Parque del Oeste
In Oeste Park, in front of the Plaza of Spain, you can ride a cable car, stroll among the roses and see the Egyptian temple that was built 4 centuries ago.10
In past it was a favorite place of aristocracy, now it is a favorite vacation spot of Madrid citizens, where you can have a picnic.3
Tartan Roof Restaurant
The restaurant on the roof of the Círculo de Bellas Artes with incredible views of Madrid and the excellent cuisine of different countries.15
The oldest restaurant in the world, where worked as a waiter Goya, and at one table wrote books Ernest Hemingway.13
Puerta del Sol
The central area of the city where is a zero kilometer, all roads of Madrid begin, and where is a symbol of the city - the bear with strawberry tree.17
The Roof Bar
The bar is located at the top of the hotel Melia and is considered bohemian place where you can meet the "golden youth" of Madrid and find the coolest parties in town.18
The unique building for Spain, which was built in Egypt about 2000 years ago and was dedicated to the goddess Isis. Now it is located in the West Park.14
Square of Spain
This is the main square of Madrid, the largest square in Spain and the place where the most beautiful buildings of the city are located.10
Circulo de Bellas Artes
It is located on the main street of Madrid - Gran Via, this building is not very popular among traveler and not all inhabitants of Madrid are aware of its existence.12
Located on the site of the former stables, the gardens are made in French style, and considered to be a decoration of the Royal Palace.12