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Alcala Gate (Puerta de Alcala)

Plaza de la Independencia, Madrid, Spain (Retiro)
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Ranked #29 of 450 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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Swanley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Set in a quieter area than Plaza de Cibeles this monument is very close to Retro Park. It will not take long to get some lovely 'traffic' free photos and although the tourist bus will go past I would definitely recommend stopping both here and then onto the park.

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Goulburn
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This gate is right near Retiro park and really is best seen from above the gate. There are gardens in the front and the Metropolis building can be seen through the arch. Lovely and impressive.

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31 reviews 31 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

You pass this monument many times on the tourist bus. Another fine structure amongst many in the city! Interesting history surrounding it.

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Braganca, Portugal
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41 reviews 41 reviews
34 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

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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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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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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29 helpful votes 29 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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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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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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