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"One of Madrid's most beautiful monuments" Top 5 Page for this destination Puerta de Alcala Tip by Jefie

Puerta de Alcala, Madrid: 47 reviews and 71 photos

  Puerta de Alcala at night
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  • Puerta de Alcala at night - Madrid
      Puerta de Alcala at night
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  • Puerta del Alcala in Madrid, Spain - Madrid
      Puerta del Alcala in Madrid, Spain
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It is called the "Puerta de Alcala" because it used to sit on the road that led to Alcala de Henares, a small historic town located about 30 km east of Madrid. It was built in the 1770s, after King Carlos III took a dislike to the old gate that dated back to 1599. It was designed by Francesco Sabatini in a neo-classical style, and it became the major point of entry to the city of Madrid. The area around the Puerta de Alcala has been remodelled over the years, and it now sits at the middle of the "Plaza de la Independicia", near the main entry to the Parque del Buen Retiro. It's worth seeing it during the day and going back at night when it's all lit up - it's one of Madrid's most photogenic monuments!

Address: Calle de Alcala
Directions: Metro "Retiro"

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 17, 2008
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