In the Independence Square, in the heart of Madrid, you will see the calling card of this city - the monumental gate.
Near the main entrance to the Buen Retiro Park (Parque del Buen Retiro) you will find the beautiful Alcala Gate (Puerta de Alcalá).
You should approach it close enough and then you will see the inscription right over the central arch "Rege Carolo III. Anno MDCCLXXVIII" ("King Charles III, 1778"). It has been placed here in honour of King Charles III, who has built the gate.
On the side arches you will see the statues of four virtues - wisdom, justice, temperance and courage.
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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.4
Location: Independence Square (Plaza de la Independencia)
More things to do in Madrid
Pass from one bar in Madrid to another, order in each of them a beer or a glass of wine and try the traditional snack tapas.8
See flamenco in a tablao
Madrid is the capital of flamenco and you can enjoy this fiery dance in tablao, a restaurant with a stage for flamenco. 3520
The best beverage in Spain is made from wine and fruits. It chills during the heat in summer and can warm you in winter. 16
Try the jamon in a museum
At the Ham Museum no tours are conducting, but this is a place where you can try unusual ham made of the black pig. 140The Jamon Museum
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