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Combining baroque and neoclassicism, the gate in the Independence Square in Madrid has been one of the most beautiful sights of the city for a long time.
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.11
Plaza de Cibeles
The bright and huge square of Madrid, it is surrounded by palaces that close from prying eyes the gorgeous fountain Cibeles.1
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
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.18
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.14
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.2
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
Las Ventas bullring is one of the biggest and most famous bullring in the world, all bullfighters in the world want to be on this arena.22
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
The oldest restaurant in the world, where worked as a waiter Goya, and at one table wrote books Ernest Hemingway.13
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
Royal Palace of Madrid
The residence of the Kings of Spain, where you can look at the decoration of the luxurious rooms, see works of famous painters, and once a month see the changing of the guard.37