It is called the "Puerta de Alcala" because it used to sit on the road that led to Alcala de Henares, a small historic town located about 30 km east of Madrid. It was built in the 1770s, after King Carlos III took a dislike to the old gate that dated back to 1599. It was designed by Francesco Sabatini in a neo-classical style, and it became the major point of entry to the city of Madrid. The area around the Puerta de Alcala has been remodelled over the years, and it now sits at the middle of the "Plaza de la Independicia", near the main entry to the Parque del Buen Retiro. It's worth seeing it during the day and going back at night when it's all lit up - it's one of Madrid's most photogenic monuments!
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.
Puerta de Alcala is located at Plaza de la Independencia in Madrid in the entrance in Retiro Park. It is neoclassical granite gate with three large archways and two smaller rectangular passageways. Each of the archways is decorated with a lions head, sculpted by Roberto Michel. Construction of the gate took 9 years it was finally completed in 1778.
Madrid's national monument and one of the city's symbol. It is design by an Italian artist, Sabatini, ordered by King Carlos III in 1764. It is a neoclassical granite gate with five passage, three large archways and the other two rectangular are smaller. Each of the passageways is decorated with a lions head sculptured by Roberto Michel. The top of the gate is decorated with statues by Francisco Guttierez. The construction was completed after nine years.
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.
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.
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 ! !
A popular Spaniard song says: "... and there it is, looking time goes bye... the Gate of Alcalá ..." This awesome monument is a classic, situated at the well-known and elegant Calle de Alacalá, where you will find some other monuments, important buildings and the beautiful Parque del Buen Retiro (Good Retreat Park).
Una popular canción española dice: "... y ahí está, viendo pasar el tiempo... la Puerta de Alcalá..." Este impresionante monumento es un clásico, situado en la famosa y elegante Calle de Alcalá, en donde también se encuentran otros monumentos, importantes edificios y el hermoso Parque del Buen Retiro.
The Puetra de Alcalá is one of the prettiest places in Madrid. Situated in the middle of a beautiful square in the middle of intersecting roads, Plaza de la Independencia, this monumental gate stands very close to the entrance to Retiro Park and can be seen from the lower Plaza de Cibeles.
The massive granite gate was designed in a neo-Classical style with five arches by Francesco Sabatini through the patronage of King Charles III in 1778 and replaced a smaller gate. It was created in the city wall (no longer there) as a place through which the city traffic could come through as the road into Madrid expanded. Until the mid-1800s, the gate was the eastern boundary of Madrid, but as visitors can see today, Madrid grew to the point of the gate now being well within the busy city itself.
On our first night in Madrid, we saw the Puerta de Alcalá while we were crossing the street down by the Plaza de Cibeles but decided to not walk up the hill to see it at that time (it was getting dark and it was raining). This proved to be a good choice since later in our stay our hotel shuttle bus dropped us off right at the gate itself on a beautiful sunny morning, giving us a spectacular view of the gate and the opportunity for some good photos, which we would not have had on that first night. In the mornings, the sun is in the best location to get photos, allowing the photographer to stand either at the entrance to Retiro Park, or to cross the road to the plaza on which the gate stands.
This is a monument in the Plaza de la Independencia, very close to Cibeles. It was built by order of king Carlos III as a monumental gate in the city wall to pass the road which leads to the city of Alcalá. It was inaugurated in 1778.
Take a moment to see it during the day and at night, I personally liked it better at night.
Puerta de Alcala was named from the old path from Madrid to the town of Alcalá de Henares.
Another symbol of Madrid.
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!
One of the most famous monuments of Madrid. Constructed in 1778, similar to the arch of triumph, by Charles III because he wanted to protect the entrance to the city. Sabatini was the architect who designed this neoclassic style, with white stone and granite
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.
Is one of the most popular monuments in Madrid. King Charles III ordered built it in 1778 and the architect who designed it was Sabatini. It has 5 archs.
Es uno de los monumentos más famosos y representativos en Madrid. Fue mandada construir en 1778 por Carlos III y el arquitecto elegido fue Sabatini. Se compone de cinco arcos.
This is one of the main symbols of Madrid. It's situated in the Plaza de la Independencia, very close to the Cibeles fountain and right next to the Retiro Park. This port was at one time one of the entrances to the "Villa" of Madrid. Charles III had to it reconstructed to what its actual appearance in the 18th century, since he didn't like the previous port, and since then it because a symbol to the Villa that still remains today.