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Alcala Gate (Puerta de Alcala)

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Address: Plaza de la Independencia | Plaza de la Independencia, 1, 28001 Madrid Madrid, Spain
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One of Madrid's Best Monuments

We passed the Puerta de Alcala during the two weeks we were in Madrid. This is a very beautiful monument and the flowers around it gave it a bit of color. There is always plenty... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

It's the historical gate, which has its story when the king pass by it with his queen welcoming her by that gate then ... Long story but nice one. Just pass by it nothing much to see only the gate and pass to the Park next to it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We passed the Puerta de Alcala during the two weeks we were in Madrid. This is a very beautiful monument and the flowers around it gave it a bit of color. There is always plenty of traffic but I was able to take a good photo when there was no traffic passing by.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

I found it interesting that this gate, which has been standing since 1778, has statues on top of it which represent the virtues of justice, temperance, prudence, and courage, virtues by which we're all meant to live our lives. Ironic that King Charles III ordered its construction to replace the previous gate with something grander and more fitting of a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

We loved it, and ejoyed going there, it was a very nice place to take some pictures in our vacation We loved it, and ejoyed going there, it was a very nice place to take some pictures in our vacation

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Begin at the Puerta de Alcala and walk your way up to Gran Via. Stop for tapas and wine along one of the many tapa bars you will find along the way. Busy, busy artery.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We got our first sighting of this famous structure on our first evening walk around. It dates from the late 18th century and got its name from the road to Alcala. It is very impressive, with its five archways. The three central ones were designed so that a horse and carriage could pass through them, with the side ones for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Alcala gate was our entrance to the retiro park. One of the best thing to do in your Madrid break.  Discover the lake and the glass house, one of the hidden parts on it.  Highly recommended to get a bike from the new bicimad, the public electric bikethes system the capital launched in 2014. The are in every entrance of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Famous entry gate to the City. The Puerta de Alcala is worth the walk to see. It is in the middle of the road but is still clear to see. Slightly pitted and repaired in a slightly darker shade so visible, this is due to the bullets fired around it during the Civil War. Beautiful gate next to El Retiro... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Like all good European cities, there is a gate to welcome you... This gate rates among the best and most beautiful in my book! It's equally impressive during the day or night, and it allows you to see the grandeur that awaits you further into Madrid's centre.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Located near one of the entrances to Retiro Park, it is beautiful and fits perfectly with the park. However, traffic is very heavy around the plot of land it sits upon.

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