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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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Madrid was surrounded by a big wall and Alcala Gate was one of the entrances. In front of the "Puerta de Alcala" You can see some coffee shops and Parque del Retiro Entrance, and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

In the middle of the road... On a roundabout... Stands this beautiful well designed masterpiece... You'll get the to admire such a beautiful design

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Madrid was surrounded by a big wall and Alcala Gate was one of the entrances. In front of the "Puerta de Alcala" You can see some coffee shops and Parque del Retiro Entrance, and from couple of blocks You can see Plaza Colón as the begining of Serrano Avenue or Cibeles Fountain as connection with "La Gran Via"

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This is one of the main entrances into Madrid and this gate with the landscaping around it is beautiful. This is a quick visit attraction, you can go and walk around it as we did and admire the beauty and detail. You can get some great photos if there aren't too many tourist in the way. Also walk around it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This is the most representative atraction in Madrid, it was one of the 5 main entrances to the city, every tour will take you here to take pictures and just in front you can go to the Park El Retiro, its just to take a nice picture and just being here is cool. Cant leave without being here.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I actually entered Retiro Park From another gate but the best photo op of this fabulous gate would be to sit on top layer of double decker Madrid city tour bus! Beautiful and worth visiting but so large that the best photo is taken from far away!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Interesting to see when driving from Plaza de Cibeles to Parque de Retiro. It looks like another version of Marble Arch in London.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

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

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

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

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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Barrio de Salamanca
Broad, tree-lined avenues with pretty streetlights frame the neighborhood 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 opportunities for shopping or checking out the stylish displays. The locals here are polished and fashionable, the atmosphere is leisurely, and the lush Retiro Park on the southern border is yet another opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. A stroll through Barrio Salamanca is all about admiring the beautiful architecture, window-shopping, and people-watching in this upper-crust corner of Madrid.
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