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.
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!
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 ...
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.
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....
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". ;-)
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.
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...
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.