Cibeles Square, Madrid

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Where Alcala street crosses Paseo del Prado

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    Square of the Goddess

    by Urzu Written Jan 12, 2008

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    If you take the Alacala street from Sol, after a few minutes you will come across the Cibeles Square. This square, as its name describes is dedicated to Cibeles, goddess of nature, fertility, animals, mountains and fortresses. You can see the goddess on the fountain you will find in the middle of this square. If you like football (soccer) you might recognise this as the place where the Real Madrid goes after winning to pay their respects to the goddess! Also in front of the fountain you can find the Palacio de Comunicaciones, one of my favorite buildings in Madrid. It was originally built for the Postal and Telegraphs Service in the early 1900's. Nowadays it's going to be the city hall of Madrid, which seems more apropriate for such a magnificent building!

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    The Cibeles Fountain

    by lina112 Written Dec 12, 2007

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    It was built in the reign of Charles (Carlos) III and designed by Ventura Rodríguez between 1777 and 1782. It depicts the goddess Cibeles (Cybele), the Phrygian goddess of fertility, who is seen sitting on a chariot and being pulled by two lions. Fans of Real Madrid footbal team goes there to celebrate when they win a competition.

    Fue construida bajo el reinado de Carlos III y diseñada por Ventura Rodríguez entre 1777 y 1782. Describe a la diosa Cibeles, diosa de la fertilidad montada en un carruaje tirado por dos leones. Los aficionados del Real Madrid van a celebrar sus triunfos a la fuente de cibeles.

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    Plaza de Cibeles

    by MM212 Updated Dec 5, 2007

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    Plaza de Cibeles, the busy roundabout connecting Paseo del Prado with Calle de Alcalá and Paseo de Recoletos, is home to some of Madrid's famous monumental edifices. Among them are el Palacio de Comunicaciones, the most lavishly decorated early 20th century post office that is more befitting of a royal palace, and Banco de España, the country's Central Bank. In the the centre of the roundabout is Madrid's famous Fountain of Cybele.

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    Fuente de Cibeles (Cibeles Fountain)

    by marielexoteria Updated Oct 9, 2007

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    On a circle on the intersection of Alcalá street and Paseo del Prado you'll find the Cibeles Fountain. This sculpture was built by the Spanish architect Ventura Rodríguez and was installed in 1782. The sculpture represents Cibeles, the Phrygian goddess of fertility and agriculture, on a lion-pulled chariot. She holds a scepter and the keys to the city. Today the fountain is the traditional meeting point for fans and the football players of Real Madrid when they celebrate their winnings.

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    The Fountain

    by barbskie Updated Jul 19, 2007

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    A heavily traffic grand square surrounded by huge and imposing buildings. One ot the symbols of Madrid. The fountain is named after Cibele, the roman goddess of nature. Was built between 1777 and 1782 by Ventura Rodriguez. The fountains looks as, a goddess in a chariot pulled by two lions. It is one of the most beautiful squares i've seen.

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    Main Post Office

    by barbskie Written Jul 19, 2007

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    The Central Post Office is housed by the Palacio de Comunicaciones building. A historical monumental designed built by Antonio Palacio and Julian Otamendi. As for the locals they called it, Nuestra Senora de Correos(Our Lady of the Post).

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    Plaza de Cibeles

    by el_ruso Written May 1, 2007

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    Cibeles is some sort of an ancient goddess. And there is a large fountain with her in a chariot in the center. Behind you can see a beautiful building which is actually the central post office. This is one of the most beautiful and famous spots in Madrid, perhaps THE most beautiful and famous one.

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    La Cibeles

    by BeChar Written Apr 1, 2007
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    An image in white stone of the Goddess Cibeles driving a carriage drawn by lions, commissioned by Carlos III, designed by Ventura Rodriguez and carried out by Roberto Michel and Francisco Gutierrez.
    It is surrounded by four important buildings: America House (Palace of Linares), Palace of Buenavista (Army headquarters), the bank of Spain and the Communications palace.

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    Plaza de Cibeles

    by Nathalie_B Written Jan 7, 2007

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    Please don’t mistake this magnificent building with some royal palace. Although looking like a real residence of kings and queens it was built in early 20th century to serve as a main post office. It still serves its purpose, but also hosts a museum.
    It is located on the Plaza de Cibeles in the center of which you’ll find an impressive fountain named after a Roman goddess Cibele. Her carriage is driven by two lions that were created by the same sculptor that added lions to the Alcala Gate.
    A very impressive roundabout that is surrounded by many beautiful buildings and the most outstanding one is the Palacio de Comunicaciones.

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    One word: wow!

    by Quartzy Written Aug 6, 2006

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    The Plaza de Cibeles is amazing, architecture wise. There is a fountain in the middle of the Plaza and the buildings (such as the Palacio de communicaciones) around it are incredible.

    Definitely worth a look.

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  • plaza Cibiles

    by ger4444 Written Apr 8, 2006

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    Domintaed by the fountain with the Cibiles Statue, this square connects Prado avnue to Alcala street and is nearby Gran /Via. Cybele, the greek godess of Nature is depicted on a couch trown by two lions. Its seen as the symbol ofMadris along the image ofthe Bear at the strawberey tree and is one of the cities most famous landmarks. Around the squaire four impostant buildingsa are situated that is, the post office(palacio de comunicaciones) , palacio Linares (kindof overdone roccocco style house beloning origiannly by some self-declared aristocrate), the Ejercito de Tierra palace ( build for duchess Alva) and the wonderfull imposing building of Bancade Espana.

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    Plaza Cibeles

    by draguza Written Mar 18, 2006

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    Plaza Cibeles

    Cibeles is the Roman goddess of nature. The fountain in the plaza (Fuente de la Cibeles) is one of the more famous landmarks in Madrid and is considered to be one of its symbols. The fountain shows Cibeles sitting in a chariot drawn by two lions. The fountain was designed in the 18th century.

    Going south from the Plaza de Cibeles you will encounter the Fuente de Apolo (Fountain of Apollo) and the Fuente de Neptuno (Fountain of Neptune).

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    The goddess of Madrid

    by Lorro Updated Jan 27, 2006

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    Cibeles is one of Madrid's most famous and most favorite statues/fountains. Not only is the the symbol of the city she is the godess of nature, of fertility of agriculture. She greets us morning and night on our busy travels throughout the city.
    Real Madrid pay homage to her whenever they win an important match and every time they win the Champions League Cibeles gets hugs and kisses from the guys and is surrounded by thousands of fans.
    Behind Cibeles is the Palacio de Communicaciones, Madrid's Main post office since the 1920s. Perhaps the most beautiful Post Office in the world!

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    Cibeles Square

    by babettu Written Jan 26, 2006

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    Cibeles Square is a wondeful sight showing the fountain of Cibeles who is the godess of fertility. She's seen sitting on a chariot and being pulled by two lions. On the back ground one can see an impressive building of the Post Office, this is truly amazing ! ! !

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    Cibeles Square - 'Merengues' sacred temple

    by gasca Written Aug 11, 2005

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    Merengues, or Real Madrid football fans, come here to celebrate the trophies they win.

    On the background you can see the 'Palacio de Comunicaciones' built in 1904 and contains the present Central Post Office.

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