Now let's walk away from Paseo del Prado and Cibeles Square and we'll find the Alcalá Gate. This gate was constructed under the kingdom of Carlos III because he wanted a monumental gate on the road from Madrid to the nearby city Alcalá de Henares and replaces an old brick made and more humble gate. The design was by Francesco Sabatini and it was inaugurated in 1778. The gate has some statues on top, representing 4 cardinal virtues: Prudence, Justice, Temperance and Fortitude.
One curious piece of information about this Gate: Spanish singers Víctor Manuel and Ana Belén recorded a song called "La Puerta de Alcalá" in 1986, composed by Bernardo Fuster and Luis Mendo. This song became a popular hit.
This is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Madrid and stands roughly between Plaza Cibeles and Parque El Retiro. It was actually built by Napoleon in honor of his victory but after expulsion of his troops it became a symbol of liberation.
This street runs roughly parallel to Gran Via from Plaza de Cibeles to Puerta del Sol. Alcala, along with Gran Via, are the two grandest avenues of Madrid. Alcala is the heart of financial industry, and especially around Plaza de Sevilla you can see bank buildings that are truly outstanding architecturally.
It continues past Cibeles to the triumph arch Alcala, past El Retiro park and all the way to the bullring.
In 1764 King Carlos III commissioned the Italian architect Sabatini to construct a large gate to replace a small 16th century baroque gate, built by King Philips III. Carlos III felt the gate, which marked the eastern boundary of the city, was too small for the important gateway to Aragon.
Sabatini's design called for a neoclassical granite gate with three large archways and two smaller, rectangular passageways. Each of the archways is decorated with a lion's head, sculpted by Roberto Michel. The top of the gate is decorated with statues by Francisco Guttiérrez. Construction of the gate took 9 years, it was finally completed in 1778. The gate soon became one of Madrid's symbols. It is now classified as a national monument.
Situated on the important road to northwestern Spain and France, the Puerta de Alcalá was a major element in Charles III's plan for the embellishment of eastern Madrid. The royal residence of Buen Retiro was the central feature of a large-scale development project which included the building up of the meadowland of San Jerónimo, the establishment of the Jardín Botánico and the construction of the Natural History Museum: an ambitious plan reflecting the principles of the Enlightenment which was carried out by three architects, Sabatini, Villanueva and Ventura Rodríguez.
Built by the King Carlos III, the Alcala gate stands on the Independence square, in front of the biggest and most beautiful park of Madrid - Parque del Buen Retiro.
Many artists are responsible for the beauty of this gate. It contains of five arches and each of them is decorated with a lion, work of sculpture Roberto Michel. The statues on the top of the gate are sculpted by Francisco Guttiérrez. If you walked towards the Alcala gate from Puerta del Sol, then you noticed another work by these two sculptors it’s the The Cibeles fountain in front of the Palace of Communications. Apparently, Michel was known for his lion sculptures. It took 9 years to complete this granite gate, since then it is one of the most known symbols of Madrid.
The easiest way to take a picture of this gate is to wait to green light while crossing the Alcala street, stand in the middle of the road and try to take your best shot without being pushed and cursed by the people that rush to cross the road :)
This is the ceremonial gateway into Madrid. It was built by Carlos III to improve the looks of eastern Madrid. Until the mid 19th century it marked the easternmost boundary of the city. It is beautiful when seen floodlite in the evening. It is a worthwhile picture within the city.
The former tips concrened the old town. Let me take you now to The other side of the centre, at the otherside ofGran Via in the direction of Palacio de Comunicationes, you ll see in a distancethe Alcala Gate. At night it looks wonderfull but its wotrhwile a walk upto it during daytime as you have to explore the area anyway. Its a munument surrected by King Charles the 3 th, desined by Sabatini. it was build in the 18 th century in neoclassism style. Its one of Madrids most strking monumnets and its located at the crwoded Plaza de la Indepentia.
The Puerta de Alcala is one of the most magnificient monuments found in the city centre. It was constructed in 1778 and designed by Sabatini with the charecteristic white stone and granite and situated near one of the entrances to Retiro Park. Truly a recognised land mark in Madrid ! !
The ancient gateaway to Alcala de Henares.
Take a walk along La Calle de Alcala, a historic street along Madrid that was the link between Madrid and Alcala de Henares. Now a beautiful monument commamorates the hsitory behind.
This is a view of PUERTA DE ALCALA,The Puerta de Alcala stands at the center of the circular traffic island, the Plaza de Indepencia. And is one of most known monuments in Madrid.
The Puerta de Alcalá (Alcalá's door) was one of Madrid's main entrances in early years, when the city was much smaller. It is one of the surviving doors when Madrid was a city between walls.
Located at the Plaza de Independencia, it is next to one of the entrances of the Parque del Retiro.
One of the "gates" of the city on what was the old road to the town of Alcala. Its in Pl. De la Independencia and at one of the entrances to Parque del buen Retiro.
This priveleged view is at a friends apartment on the top floor of the building in the same plaza. Beautiful view!
Though the official name is Plaza de la Independencia, this square is often referred to as Puerta de Alcalá after the big three-arched city gate in the middle of the traffic roundabout.
The Puerta de Alcalá was originally constructed in 1599 to greet the wife of King Felipe III, Doña Margarita , to Madrid. On December 9th, 1759 King Carlos III, entered the city through the gate, and was displeased with the entrance, so, in 1764 he ordered the gate to be torn down and decided to construct a new gate.
The Puerta de Alcalá that we know today was completed in 1769 and it quickly became one of the most important symbols of Madrid.
La Puerta de Alcala (Alcala's Gate) is one of the most characteristics spots in the city. Located in the Alcala Street, it used to be on of the city exists. That was, obviously many, many years ago, when Madrid was a younger (and smaller city).
Now, it only remains as a photogenic object in the heart of the city, strategically situated beside El Retiro.
This proud gateway to the city on the Calle de Alcala is a showstopper by day and by night. I arrived in Madrid after 10PM and was enchanted as we drove around this beauty, lit up as a welcoming beacon. During the day, brave the traffic of the rotary to get great views through the five arches of the Plaza de Cibeles and the Gran Via.