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Puerta de Alcala, Madrid

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Monument · Hidden Gem · Landmark
Stand under the high, granite arches of Puerta de Alcala, one of Madrid’s most iconic landmarks. Built by Carlos III in 1778, the gate stands at 19.5 m (64 ft) and features elegant Baroque architecture adorned with decorative carvings. Look for the lion’s head that hangs above each of the three arches. Stand back to admire the statues on top of the gate representing the four cardinal virtues. Arrange to visit Puerta de Alcala and other attractions in Madrid using our Madrid online trip itinerary maker.
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  • The neoclassical Alcala gate is located near the main gate to Retiro Park on Independence square. This gate welcomed travelers from Aragon, Catalonia, and France. However, this is no longer the...  more »
  • This is a gateway built during Charles the 3rd, in his efforts to improve the city of Madrid. It is located in the eastern side of the city. There are many nice restaurants around, and also one of...  more »
  • Very fine hotel. Wonderful accommodations and service. Highly recommend. They could not do enough for you. Very, very nice.
  • Now that's great sculpting and premier architecture right there! Very picturesque! I took so many shots of this one piece. It even illuminates with different colors in the dark. The people come out surrounding this piece of art. The big rotunda makes it possible for everyone to get a photo.

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