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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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Neath, United Kingdom
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130 reviews 130 reviews
118 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 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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80 helpful votes 80 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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126 reviews 126 reviews
111 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
22 helpful votes 22 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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68 attraction reviews
177 helpful votes 177 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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201 attraction reviews
193 helpful votes 193 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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113 helpful votes 113 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
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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Malaga, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

The Puerta de Alcala has a very beautiful gate that is historic. Around it they always have colorful flower beds that are always well maintained. It is also very busy with many lanes for cars and buses. Beside the gate there are several good outdoor cafes where one can take refreshment.

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