Cibeles Square, Madrid

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Where Alcala street crosses Paseo del Prado

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    Another great spot for camera-happy people!

    by Jefie Updated May 17, 2008

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    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!

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    Fuente de las Cibeles

    by ruki Written Oct 21, 2009

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    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.

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    The Plaza del Cibeles

    by smschley Written Aug 22, 2004

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    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

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    Palacio de Comunicaciones – City Hall

    by ruki Written Oct 21, 2009

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    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.

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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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    good starting point!

    by mindcrime Written Sep 16, 2008

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    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

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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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    Banco de España

    by Carmela71 Updated Nov 11, 2003

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    Spanish Bank (the main one)

    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

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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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    Plaza De La Cibeles

    by suvanki Updated May 8, 2009

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    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.

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    Plaza de Cibeles

    by Nathalie_B Written Jan 7, 2007

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    Palacio de Comunicaciones

    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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    Bank of Spain

    by SirRichard Updated Jun 18, 2003

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    Alcala street at the right, Paseo del Prado at the

    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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    La Cibeles

    by andal13 Updated Dec 17, 2003

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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!

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