Puerta de Alcalá

Madrid, Spain

The Puerta de Alcalá is a Neo-classical monument in the Plaza de la Independencia in Madrid. It is regarded as the first modern post-Roman triumphal archbuilt in Europe, older than the similar monuments Arc de Triomphe in Paris and Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

Puerta de Alcalá was a gate of the former city walls built by Philip IV. It stands near the city center and several meters away from the main entrance to the Parque del Buen Retiro. The square is bisected by Alcalá Street, although the street does not cross through the monument, and it is the origin of the Alfonso XII, Serrano and Olózaga streets. Its name originates from the old path from Madrid to the nearby town of Alcalá de Henares.

Madrid in the late 18th century still looked like a somewhat drab borough, surrounded by medieval walls. Around the year 1774, king Charles III commissioned Francesco Sabatini to construct a monumental gate in the city wall through which an expanded road to the city of Alcalá was to pass, replacing an older, smaller, gate that stood nearby. It was inaugurated in 1778.



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Founded: 1778
Category: Statues in Spain

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Fluffy Co (11 months ago)
Save Mariupol! Save people! They are sitting in basements without food and water, the Russian military has almost destroyed the city, but the people are still alive! so many still alive! Take to the streets of your city, turn to your government! This is genocide!
Alberto Ruben Morales (12 months ago)
Amazing monument that even in the simplicity of its design makes you imagine the times it saw its splendor. The best angle for a picture is from the left corner across from the arch, seeing it from the front, of course.
Jordan Deshane (2 years ago)
Super sick, walking to this and the sights in the park is definitely a bit of exercise but I wouldn't miss them. This was a more unique structure than many others with the 3 arches and it's pretty stunning in scale. Also, there are convenient spots for photos with it (for the Instagrammers)
ALI NAQI SHAH (2 years ago)
A wow place. I was underestimating the beauty of Madrid when I visited this place in 2013. It is very clean with a lot of sun and heat and trains and buses lot more cleaner and better than in London where I permanently live
Shamrah Ahmed (2 years ago)
One of the main landmarks in Madrid, right across one of the entrances to El Retiro Park. Surrounding areas full of really exquisite restaurants (middle to high end). Perfect location for a relaxing coffee/ drink/ meal while enjoying city life and can easily escape into the park the after.
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