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Alcala Gate (Puerta de Alcala)

Plaza de la Independencia, Madrid, Spain (Retiro)
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Ranked #30 of 439 attractions in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Monuments/ Statues
Traveler Description: Puerta de Alcala The Puerta de Alcala is a huge gate that is a monument in the Plaza de la Independencia, close to the El Retiro Park. It was built... more »
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Braganca, Portugal
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41 reviews 41 reviews
34 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

A very fine piece of art and a place you just have to stop for a photo. Easy to find, next to the Retiro park!

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Neath, United Kingdom
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This granite gate is an impressive sight, It has five arches with sculpted angels. It stands in a busy Plaza but if you are patient and time the traffic lights you can get some wonderful photos.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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88 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Finished in 1778, this gate is impressive with its three archways bordered by a pair of rectangular passageways. Each archway is surmounted by a lion-head statue. The four statues atop the gate represent the four cardinal virtues: prudence, fortitude, justice, and temperance. Worth a passing visit.

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Fortaleza, CE
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111 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This gate is kind of simple. Nothing much. Take a look while going to the Retiro park. Best picture spot is crossing to the middle so the avenue to get a good frontal picture.

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Chicago, Illinois
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48 reviews 48 reviews
38 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Gone are the times when gates and arcs were built. Fortunately for us, we still have architectural monuments from centuries ago. This gate is a real testament of how beautiful they make the cities look at a minor inconvenience of creating somewhat of an obstacle for modern traffic. Well worth a short stop for pictures. It is only a couple... More

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Uppsala, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

A beautiful view for a passing by, we saw it on our way to the park, definitely will catch your attention and stop for some pictures taking.

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Almere, The Netherlands
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190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The Alcala Gate is an impressive city gate located at Plaza de la Independencia, near the entrance of the Retiro Park. It is a symbol of Madrid and a well known monument. It was named after the town Alcala de Henaris, because the road that passed under it led to this town. The gate we see today is not the... More

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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198 helpful votes 198 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This kind of places are the reason why I love to go to Europe. This is one of the five original gates of the old wall city of Madrid. Originally built around the 1778, this neoclassic gate is well conserved and its the first romanesque arch gate since the Roman times. Its quite impressive to see go this place is... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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70 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We viewed this imposing structure during a pleasant extended walk back towards our hotel in the Huertas area, having engaged in some "window shopping" at the many impressive premium brand outlets on Calle de Serrano. The present gate, built in 1769 to commemorate King Carlos III's first 20 years on the Spanish throne, was, in its time, the biggest city... More

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Madrid, Spain
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30 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Alcala Gate is a very famous place in Madrid. It is nice to see it and it is very cole from Cibeles so you can go walking from one place to the other in five minutes or less. There is a famous song which became poplar in the last 80s related to the Puerta de Alcalá and its history. (Lyrics... More

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