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Puerta de Alcala

Plaza de la Independencia, 1, 28001 Madrid, Spain
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Plaza de la Independencia, 1, 28001 Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Standing near the city center, and close to the entrance to Retiro Park, Puerta de Alcala is regarded as the first modern post-Roman triumphal arch; older than similar monuments in Berlin and Paris. Great place to take photos during the day, but the monument is...More

Thank Wendy S
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Nice place to walk by on your way to Retiro Park. The avenue leading up to this square from Puerta del Sol is very pleasant, and I would recommend walking up on it.

Thank Eric D
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The time to visit this monument is at night. The lights add so much more to the structure. It is not far from Plaza Cibeles.

Thank forshara
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Is a nice piece of architecture near of the retiro’s metro station. You can take some pictures and walk into the Retiro Park.

Thank Alfred H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This monument is on the edge of Retiro park so is a good stop off point when spending time in the park. There are many restaurants around the monument to have a great place to spend at night.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you get on the hop on drop off tour bus, you pass by the ‘Puerta de Alcalá’ ; the bus offers a self guide that you can listen to w/headphones in different languages and it explains the background of this monument as well as...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It's close to Retiro and as you should definitely go there while you are in Madrid, you should also pass Puerta de Alcala to take a nice picture. The traffic here is a bit crazy as the roundabout has four lanes, so watch your step!...More

Thank Herr_KO
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Reviewed 1 week ago

When constructed in 1769 it was the largest gate in the whole of Europe but is now a smaller cousin to similar gates in Paris and Berlin. Though it is not as Grand as the other gates but still worth a visit.

Thank Amit J
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This monumental gate was constructed in the medieval city walls, inaugurated in 1778. It still stands today as a post-Roman triumphal arch similar to the later Arc de Triomphe in Paris. It is located in the center of a roundabout on a busy intersection.

Thank Don P
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately this magnificent monument is built in the centre of a very busy roundabout so it is difficult to get a full appreciation of the artistry that created it. Said to be older than both the Brandenburg Gate and the Arc de Triomphe it has...More

Thank Karen P
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Barrio de Salamanca
Broad, tree-lined avenues with pretty streetlights
frame the neighbourhood of Barrio Salamanca. With
beautiful condominium buildings that make up most
blocks in this area, this part of town is refined and
quiet. It is also host to a few of the city's large
shopping avenues, including Calle Serrano and Calle
Jose Ortega y Gasset. A walk down these streets will
reveal upscale chains, small boutiques, and plenty of
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