Cibeles Square, Madrid
The Plaza de Cibeles is probably the most iconic place in Madrid: you probably know it from TV reports where spanish soccer supporters celebrate the victories of their local or national teams while bathing in the fountain. The Plaza is dominated by the Cibeles Fountain, built from 1777 - 1782. It shows the antique goddess Cibeles in a chariot driven by lions. The Plaza Cibeles is surrounded by four remarkable buildings: The Bank of Spain, the Palacio de Buenavista, the Palacio de Linares and the Palacio de Cibeles (formely: Palacio de Communicacion).
One of the most beautiful places in Madrid this square is dominated by the central fountain, created in 1782 and dedicated to goddess Cibeles. Around it Cibeles palace, Bank of Spain, Buenavista palace and Linares palace compose the "living room" of real Madrid supporters, and the main meeting point for tourists.
Again this fountain was surrounded by roaring traffic and I needed my zoom for a good shot of it. There were some lovely buildings round about including the Palace of Communications and the Bank of Spain.
World known Cibeles Square is not only famous for Real Madrid Fans who roam around it after every victory but also for all tourists visiting Madrid.
This is situated at the end of Gran Via. The Cibeles Monument represents the God of fertility and it is surrounded by other picturesque buildings such as the post office which looks like more of a palace then a Government building.
If you are lucky and the red lights are on you might be able to take a picture without cars in the background with the Cibeles right behind you.... Good luck ;)
So... I raved about this building to my friends. I told them how beautiful it is; how it looks more like a palace than a PO; how intricate its detail is and how it's the centerpiece of the plaza de Cibeles.
Well, as my luck goes.... it had scaffolding over it when we arrived in Madrid. AAAUAUUUGGH!
Okay, the good news is that when we returned almost two weeks later, most of it was gone.
This fountain has unbelievable beauty and it is the Madrid's most important symbol It located next to Palacio de Comunicaciones. This fountain named after Cibele roman goddess of nature. There you can see goddess in chariot pulled by two lions. Madrids custom is whenever football team Real Madridwins a cup, their funs flock around the fountain to celebrate.
The most photographed building in Madrid at Palaza de Cibeles is Communications Palace. This beautiful building look like cathedral and it was built between 1905 and 1917 as headquarters of the post office. It was host for Postal and Telegraphic Museum and since 2007 it become Madrid official City Hall.
The Cibeles Fountain is the feature of the Plaza de Cibeles. Created by Francisco Gutierrez, it was built by Ventura Rodriguez between 1777 and 1782 and named after the roman goddess of nature – Ceres or Cibele. The white marble sculpture of the goddess in the chariot is driven by lions (Atalanta and Hipomenes) instead of horses. In the evening the fountain is lit up making it one of the most beautiful plaza’s in Madrid.
The Plaza is where Real Madrid fans celebrate their teams big wins, (Athletico Madrid fans head to the nearby Neptune fountain for their big celebrations) also a site for political demos. This was once known as The Plaza of Madrid
The centre of the plaza is a traffic roundabout formed around the impressive fountain and statue of Cybele, or Ceres (The Great Mother, or Mother of The Gods, Roman goddess of fertility and nature) riding a chariot pulled by 2 lions. She holds a sceptre in one hand, and in the other the keys to the city.
The legend is that these lions are the lovers Hippomenes and Atalanta, who had been brought together by Aphrodite. Apparently, they upset Cybele, presumably 'going a bit too far' in her Temple, so she had them changed into lions and made to pull her chariot. Aphrodite had engineered this, as she was slighted by the lovers ingratitude to her!
Created by Ventura Rodriguez between 1777 and 1782.
It is quite a busy roundabout, with enough traffic whizzing by to stop you getting clear photos. The Paseo del Prado ends here, then continues northwards as the Paseo de los Recoletos. From West to East Calle de Alcala cuts across.
“El diablo sabe más por viejo que por diablo.” (“The devil knows more due to being old than by being the devil.”)
— A Spanish proverb
Known to madrileños as Nuestra Señora de Correos, Our Lady of the Post, because of its Neo-Gothic, cathedral-like style, Palacio de Comunicaciones dominates the southeastern side of the Plaza de la Cibeles.
The central post office is inside the Palacio de Comunicaciones; the four-storey, turreted structure was built between 1905 and 1917 by Antonio Palacio and Julián Otamendi. Their eclectic design combines Gothic, Romanesque and Renaissance styles with a bit of French detailing, American skyscraper and Spanish Modernism vocabulary. The result is magical.
The interior is equally dramatic, with high ceilings, soaring pillars, marble floors, and a palatial staircase. If you want to send a postcard with a difference there are special counters inside the post office where you can get your postcard stamped with a commemorative postmark. In addition, the Postal and Telegraphic Museum is located inside; it traces the development of the Spanish communication system starting with the country’s 18th-century postal service right up to today’s technological advances. The collection of stamps, both Spanish and foreign, dates from 1850 and is magnificent. Admission is free.
Opening hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM, and again from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, (Oh! God bless and preserve the Spanish siesta) and on Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
This famous fountain is located at calle de Alcala y Paseo del Prado. It is represented by Cibeles, godness of the land and agriculture, on a carriage pulled by two lions. It is surrounded by different buildings such as Palacio de Buenavista (Army's headquarters), Palacio de Linares (America's house), Palacio de Comunicaciones (former Postal office and actual Madrid's Major office) and Banco de España (Spain's bank). The funny thing is that every single building belongs to a different district.
Here in Mexico City we have a replica of the fountain, but it was great to be in front of the original!!
Cibeles square is always busy, day and night! There is a very useful info spot here and also the start of many interesting routes for you. At the square you will notice for sure the strange shape of the Palacio de Comunicaciones (a post office building from the early 20th century) that looks like a palace or as others say like a wedding cake! :) Check also the building of Banca de Espana, the palacio Linares (from 19th century, now houses the casa de America for Latin culture)
At the center of the square there is a nice fountain (built at the late 18th century) of Cybelis, the greek goddess of fertility, famous also in the east at prehistoric period. Cibeles is on a chariot that being pulled by lions. I liked it during the night too.
I passed many times from Plaza Cibeles because here is the starting point of all the night buses and also the starting point of many walking routes for you:
1)you can go down Paseo del Prado for the famous museums Prado, Reyna Sofia, Thyssen until the Atocha train station
2)you can walk to Plaza Independencia for Puerta de Alcala, Retiro entrance is also close
3)you can walk at the other side of calle de Alcala and see the Circulo de bellas artes, the church of San Jose has some interesting paintings (but most of the valuable objects are now at Prado museum). Now you can continue till Puerta del Sol or turn to the Gran Via avenue. Before that check at the intersection of the two avenues the beautiful Metropolis building
Plaza de Cibeles sits between the Paseo de Recoletos and the Paseo del Prado, two of Madrid's most charming streets. At the very center of the plaza you'll find the Fuente de la Cibeles (1777), an impressive fountain featuring Cybele, the Phrygian goddess of fertility, sitting in a charriot pulled by two lions. Around the fountain, you'll see some of Madrid's most beautiful buildings, including my own favorite: the Palacio de Communicaciones. This amazing piece of architecture was built at the beginning of the 19th century, in a design that allies several architectural styles quite harmoniously. Pretty much at any hour of the day you'll find tourists walking around the Plaza de Cibeles, looking for that perfect picture angle. And of course, I was one of them!
The Cibeles fountain shows the goddess Cibeles from Greek mythology that represented fertility. The goddess is seating in a chariot pulled by two lions. The
Cibeles fountain was built in the reign of Charles (Carlos) III between 1777 and 1782. The fountain of Cibeles is a place where fans of Real Madrid meet to celebrate their victories.
This building is amazing! A communications building?!? Ha! Why did they make it so nice?
The traffic circle here is very very busy, so good luck getting that perfect shot. Beautiful statue of Poseiden god in the center.