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My beautifull Cibeles...
Probably, this fountain is for me, one of the most symbolic things from Madrid... It is just a fountain I know, but it was the first "famous" thing I saw in Madrid the very first night I arrived... Her lights were all turned on, she was all illuminated and pretty... I am in love with this fountain... We have a copy here in México... It´s not the same, but everytime I´m feeling down I go there to sit and watch her...
OK. The square is called the Cibeles because of the Cibeles statue at the middle of the round-about which was a Greek godess and the symbol of the spanish soccer team. But definately what catches the eye of this square is not the statue but the impressive façade of the Palacio de Comunicaciones building (Spanish Mail) and the buildings next to it. The beautiful building lights up at night and shows off its amazing architecture. From the Cibeles square you can also see the Puerta de Alcalá, and it's the start of the Gran Via. So, as a fellow VT (andal13) said: "Cibeles is not a "must see activity": is an "impossible not to see" one
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Plaza de Cibeles
What can I say? But isn't this the nicest post office you have ever seen? I thought it was great!
The architecture in Madrid is amazing and I was surprised I guess to see how beautiful the post office would be.
The Plaza de Cibeles is also where you will also find the famous fountain of Cibeles. The fountain depicts the goddess Cibeles, the Greek goddess of fertility, who is seen sitting on a chariot and being pulled by two lions.
The Plaza del Cibeles
The Plaza del Cibeles features a beautiful sculpture and fountains that have been adopted as a symbol for the city and by the Real Madrid soccer team. It is often the meeting point for fans and the football players themselves, whenever the team wins the European cup, Spanish league or Spanish cup. Around the square are located some of the most important buildings in Madrid.
This square acquires its name from the fountain in the middle that dates back to the 18th century, the fountain of Cibeles. This fountain is found on the stretch of Madrid commonly called the Paseo de Recoletos. It depicts the goddess Cibeles, the Greek goddess of fertility, who is seen sitting on a chariot and being pulled by two lions.
Attributed to this goddess were the powers over the fertility of fields and animals. The lions are symbols of Hippomenes and Atalanta, condemned by Aphrodite to pulling the cart. The face reflected in the water is that of Attis, who Cibeles brought back to life after her death.
It is without doubt one of the symbols of the city. The Cibeles Fountain was designed by Ventura Rodríguez between 1777 and 1782. The goddess and chariot are the work of Francisco Gutiérrez and the lions by Roberto Michel. Up until the 19th century both the fountain of Neptune and Cibeles looked directly at each other, until the city council decided to turn them round to face towards the centre of the city
The Cibeles is located in the Paseo de Recoletos and Alcalá street which intersects the fountain from east to west. Cibeles is the name of the Greek goddess of fertility, who is sitting on a charriot pulled by two lions.
At both sides of the fountain two Paseos start: de los Recoletos heading north and del Prado heading south. The fountain of Cibeles is the celebration point for the Real Madrid football fans whenever their team wins a tournament.
On the corners of the plaza de Cibeles there are two outstanding buildings: The Communications Palace and the Bank of Spain. The first one is a stunning building which some people compare to a wedding cake.
I was so fortunate to be in Madrid during the Royal Wedding, and the Cibeles Fountain was beautifully lighted in so many different colors.
I love Madrid for lots of reasons but one of them is the many beautiful fountains around the city.
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Did you think I forgot the Cibeles? Of course not; I even choose her picture to built this page intro. La Cibeles is not a "must see activity": is an "impossible not to see" one!!!
Cibeles Circus, situated on a crossroads (Calle de Alcalá, Paseo del Prado, Paseo de Recoletos) is a Madrilean symbol. The magnificent building you can see behind Cibeles is Palacio de la Comunicaciones (Communications Palace, in other words, the post office!)
¿Pensaste que me había olvidado de la Cibeles? Por supuesto que no; incluso elegí su foto para la introucción de esta página. La Cibeles no es una "actividad que hay que ver": es "imposible no verla"!!!
La Plaza de Cibeles, situada en el cruce de la Calle de Alcalá, el Paseo del Prado y el Paseo de Recoletos, es un símbolo de Madrid. El magnífico edificio que puedes ver detrás de la Cibeles es el Palacio de las Comunicaciones, en otras palabras, el correo!
Banco de España
At Plaza Cibeles in front of the Post Office is the banco de Espa?a.
This building was built by Adaro y Sainz de la Lastra from 1842 to 1891.
It is sometimes dificult to do any photo of any of the buildings around due to the amount of traffic, but we tried our best, lol ...
Now head up to Puerta de Alcala and Parque del Retiro, throw Calle Alcala
At Plaza Cibeles, one of the incredible buildings that is around this fountain.
This neo-classical building holds the Post office, We went on our first VT meeting to buy the stamps and send the postcards to our VT friends.
Sorry in the last meeting I forgot all my list of people to write. Next time ?.
We still continue at Cibeles Square
This is one of the symbols of Madrid: the Cibeles Fountain.
It represents the Goddess of fertility, earth and harvests on a lion-pulled chariot.
It is the place to celebrate the winning of the Real Madrid
We arrived here by underground (metro station Banco de Espa?a), now we look around for the buildings that surround the statue, and follow our steps to the Puerta de Alcala and entrance to the Retiro Park.
Ummm also we can go to Paseo de Recoletos 21 to Cafe Gijon and have a coffee, check prices before, is not a budget place lol, but always a place to see ...
Plaza de Cibeles
It's one of the most beautiful places in the city. Coming from Puerta de Alcala you see Madrid raising in front of you, passing Plaza de Cibeles you see beautiful Gran Via. On the circle itself there is Fuente de Cibeles - white marble fountain with the goddess Cibeles sitting in the carriage with 2 lions.
On one side of there circle there is my favourite building in Madrid, Palacio de Comunicaciones.
Avoid the standard photos
Plaza Cibeles is known for its fountain and the central post office. I was stunned to see so many people standing on one side of the roundabout taking pictures of the post office -and really taking pictures of lots of traffic and buses and so on. Its really a shame since the Correos is a very impressive building and it's worth being a bit more artistic about it....
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Ok, Cibeles is not very impressive as a monument, but I will suggest you to start any interesting tour around Madrid there. It's located in the intersection of Gran Via with Paseo de Recoletos, that is, near all the biggest city museums (Prado, Thyssen, Reina Sofia).
In the same square you'll find the much more impressive "Palacio de las Comunicaciones " (Telecommunications Palace), which is not a church, as you may think by its shape, but instead the central offices for the Spanish Postal Service. In fact, when the building was finished in the beginning of the past century, it was given the nickname of "Church of the Telecommunications Virgin". ;-)
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Cibiles Square has the wonderful statue from the 18thC in the middle (its partner - Neptune - is near the Prado). But the background has the most beautiful post office building. Built in the early 20thC it is sometimes called 'Our Lady of the Communications'. To me it has some of the Moorish elements that Spain is strong in.
Bank of Spain
As you are in Cibeles Sqaure looking towards Puerta del Sol, the big building at your left with the golden sphere on its roof houses the main offices of the Banco de Espana (Bank of Spain).
You can visit it inside, here is where the money lives :-))
But you can admire its wonderful facade. In the main gate at the Alcala Street (neatr the entrance of the subway pass) you can see one of the few remaining republican badges in Madrid), at the top of the building. You will recognize it by the little castle on top of it. It was put there during the Civil War and never removed...
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