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Plaza Independencia 1, 28001 Madrid, Spain
Barrio Salamanca
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This grand triumphal entrance gate is located in a roundabout at Plaza de la Independencia. The top is adorned with sculptures. Traffic is very busy here. I needed to be patient to take a good photo of the fountain without too many distracting vehicles.

Thank LG_Kay
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the great entrance ways into Madrid. It's a great symbol for Madrid and who knew but it precedes the more famous Arc de Triomphe in Paris and the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Best of all it means you are right outside the most...More

Thank Chinapjs
Reviewed 7 July 2018

Beautiful park in the middle of the city. Great trees and beautiful flowers. Peacocks roaming all over! Nice to stop and take a break.

Thank Kim M
Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

Nice archway situated in the middle of the road outside Retiro Park. Great spot to stop for a quick picture on your way into the park.

Thank Craig E
Reviewed 1 July 2018

This is considered to be the first modern post-Roman triumphal arch built in Europe even older than the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. It was a gate in the former Walls of Felipe IV and stands near the main...More

Thank margareth700
Reviewed 28 June 2018

A great place to get a nice view is in front of El Retiro park. It does act as a traffic circle so not many pedestrians go under it and you might have to wait for traffic to pass to get a clear picture as...More

Thank Nicky Z
Reviewed 27 June 2018

The gate is located in a round about in busy streets fairly close to Retiro park. It is quite stunning and beautiful and thought it was Spain's version of Arc de Triomphe. However the scale and size is much smaller than French version.

Thank asiana747
Reviewed 7 June 2018

We walk here right from El Rastro, just an impressive and monumental gate to the old city. Now inside the city and a busy traffic point, still is really impressive and a great photo opp.

Thank jorgito715
Reviewed 2 June 2018

This is the official entrance to Madrid. Now in a busy crossroads, the Spanish version of Arc de Triomphe is close to the Retiro park and many interesting buildings. A nice photo stop.

Thank Leon L
Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

Puerta De Alcala was a really interesting piece of architecture we came across as we were wandering around this part of town and what a great find. This superb Neo Classical situated in the Plaza De La Independencia is sure to catch your eye if...More

Thank Neil K
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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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