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Puerta de Alcalá
Madrid Top 17 in Can't Miss Attractions

122 Reviews
Historical Site
Open Open 24 hours
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 0.5-1 hour
Address: Plaza de la Independencia, s/n, 28001 Madrid, Spain

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Al Carla door is Madrid, one of only a few old gate was built in 1788, designed by architect sabatini,, commemorating the "mayor of Madrid''s most prominent" carlos iii. Doors for the neoclassicism style, in the form of a large Roman triumphal arch, was an unprecedented architectural masterpiece in 18 th-century Europe.

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  • VadimM67
    Madrid, Spain

    One of the five gates of medieval Madrid.

    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 mediev...

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  • Marisa P
    Marisa P
    Dallas, Texas

    Emblematic Gateway!

    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 the...

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  • mireio75

    A stately square

    Puerta de Alcala is one of the most beautiful squares in all of Madrid. Besides the monumental portal in its center and the beautiful landscaping around it, there is also the main entrance to the en...

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  • 588phis

    Historical arch

    This is a historical arch or gateway located in the middle of a roundabout. It is also near to the Northwest entrance of Retiro Park. Nice place for a photo.

    Reviewed on /Date(1584716524000+0800)/
  • doppelganger_et

    Imposing monument..

    It is considered to be the first modern post-Roman arch in Europe. You will cross it, on your way to Retiro Park. You really can't miss it.

    Reviewed on /Date(1579934783000+0800)/

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Additional Information


The Puerta de Alcala has been a legendary symbol of Madrid since 1778. The Puerta de Alcala was commissioned by King Charles III to illustrate the modern prestige of the ancient city. You will find it in the Plaza de la Independencia (Independence Square), near the modern city center. Constructed entirely of granite and featuring relief sculpture, the arch has witnessed wars, revolutions, assassinations, as well as less serious events such as concerts and music videos. Another Madrid landmark is the grandiose Cibeles Fountain.
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