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Alcala Gate (Puerta de Alcala)

Plaza de la Independencia, Madrid, Spain (Retiro)
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Madrid City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
88%
Ranked #25 of 457 Attractions in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Malaga, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

The Puerta de Alcala is a Neoclassic monument that is very beautiful. The square it is on is kept tidy all year long and is planted with flowers. Francesco Sabatini designed this wonderful monument and it adorns the city. There is plenty of traffic around the square, so many people passing by can admire the beautiful architecture. There are many... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Puerta de Alcala is very close to the entrance of Parque Retiro. It's very convenient to visit these two places by getting off the Metro at the stop "Retiro"(Linea 2). This magnificent monument is a perfect place for taking a picture.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 via mobile

This representative monument was built in 1778 and it was one of five doors to go into Madrid. Puerta de Alcalá is located in a very interesting Point in Madrid. In front of Parque del Retiro (another "must" in your visit for Madrid), it is close to Plaza Cibeles (Place of interest) near to Prado and Thyssen Museums and in... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

As my hotel was across the road I was fortunate to see this everyday at different times. It is an impressive and exaggerated neo-classical edifice which compliments the salubrious surrounds. Busy round-about.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

one of madrida most icononic monuments. Note the damagw causwd by the bullets and bonbs by francos fasxist army during the spanish civil war.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

This gate is in the center of a roundabout and therefore inaccessible but it is a majestic gate. If you are visiting Retiro park it is worth routing your walk to pass by the Alcala gate - but I wouldn't go out of my way.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We decided to spend a new years eve in SPAIN and MADRID seemed the perfect venue we were not disappointed ..We booked a room in the HOTEL ACALA which is a great hotel and not too far from the square with the huge clock that we would be heading for later that evening to do the traditional count down to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

This massive gate is hard to miss and is right on the edge of Retiro Park. Swing by and take a photo, it is worth a couple minutes...

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Huge gates that are beautifully lit up at night, you can not miss the gates if you attend any museum in the area as you will be stuck at some point in the round about traffic in the area. They tower above the park and are a must see as they are beautifully sculpted.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

I was on hop-on bus tour of Madrid and unfortunately the bus did not stop here so had no choice than to move ahead. But frankly speaking I did not find anything strikingly significant about the architecture or the aesthetics in general of the monument. This monument I found all around Madrid in the form of mementos, pictures, key rings... More 

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