Plaza Cibeles and Plaza Independencia


Cibeles Fountain was commissioned by King Carlos III in 1777 and was built in 1782 opposite the Neptuno Fountain near the Buenavista Palace in Paseo Recoletos. However, it was not until 1865 that the fountain was moved to its present setting.

Cibeles is considered as one of the oldest goddesses of Asia Minor and the fountain is a replica of her which is carved out of 10,000 kg of white stone and was designed by Ventura Rodríguez. The statue shows her driving a carriage drawn by lions and is located in Plaza Cibeles or Cibeles Square which is home to other famous buildings such as Casa América and Banco de España.

Puerta de Alcalá
is another major landmark in Madrid which can be found near La Cibeles. This former doorway to the old Madrid is one of the most renowned symbols in the city. It is made of granite and has a neoclassical style with three central arches and two lateral doors. This gate was designed by Fernando Sabatini at the request of Carlos III in order to show Madrid’s prominence.

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