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.
The Plaza de Cibeles is a very busy roundabout with a fountain in the middle. At the south eastern side is the Palacio de Comunicaciones (1905-1917). This impressive building houses the General Post Office of Madrid.
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.
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.
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
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 ...
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.
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!!
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.
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 ! ! !
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!
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.
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.
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.