"Puerta de Alcalá (Alcalá Gate)" Puerta de Alcala Tip by marielexoteria

Puerta de Alcala, Madrid: 47 reviews and 71 photos

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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.

Address: Alcalá street
Directions: Walking distance from Cibeles Square.
Website: http://www.palaciodehielo.com

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 9, 2007
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