Puerta de Alcala, Madrid
The architecture of this city is stunning Many fine buildings adorn the city I especially liked the Puerta de Alcala a great entrance to Retro Park. The gate has it's origins in 1559 when Margarita of Austria wife of Filipe 111 arrived in Madrid to receive this fine present from her husband
Fondest memory: I liked Madrid for being a very walkable city. It is very clean & welcoming & the blue skys add to your walking pleasure.
Favorite thing: Madrid showed me the Arc. I said, hey it looks like the one I have back home, only this one is bigger, more monumental, I do remember it from the old Spanish guide book, which my parents brought from the trip about 3 decades ago. I remember that pic very clearly, 30 years passed but nothing has changed...
One of the most representative monuments of Madrid. This arch was long ago one of the main entrance gates of Madrid. Now is a symbol of the town. It was built by Francisco Sabatini in 1778. The sculptures were designed by Francisco Gutierres and Roberto Michel by order of Carlos III of Spain.
Fondest memory: Plaza de la Independencia. Metro: Retiro.