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Alcala Gate (Puerta de Alcala)

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Beautiful Monument

In the middle of Alcala street in a roundabout this beautiful monument is imposing up. Majestic !! Nearby is a Park "Parque del buen retiro" is a zone to walk, take amazing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

In the middle of Alcala street in a roundabout this beautiful monument is imposing up. Majestic !! Nearby is a Park "Parque del buen retiro" is a zone to walk, take amazing pictures and relax at the park

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

A nice piece of architecture in the middle of the road. Nice to look at, but due to traffic you can't really get close easily on foot. If you look at it from the car, you can only see it for a moment while driving by. Nonetheless, nice to look at and think about.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We came across the gate as we walked around Madrid. I wouldn't recommend putting time aside to see it but it's worth tailoring your route to look at it. We spent a couple of hours from Sol walking to museo del prado, parque del buen retiro and up paseo de recoletos passed fountains and the gate which was a pleasant... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

The Puerta de Alcalá (Alcalá Gate) is a Neo-classical Triumphal Arch near the Retiro Park, listed as a National Monument. This version of the gate was built in 1764 in granite and is heavily adorned with sculptures and carvings. It stands in the middle of a roundabout in Plaza de la Independencia and is surrounded by pretty formal flowerbeds. There... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Lovely gate in a beautiful spot right next to the retiro park. No matter which way you look its quite a beautiful area. Real madrids ex coach Carlo Anceloti apparently lives in one of the luxury apartments overlooking this plaza. Its easy to see why.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This gate is centrally located, so you won't miss it out. Beautiful architecture, excellent photo opportunity. It won't take long, so you can plan it in your schedule for something along the way.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

While it is true that if you spend any time in Madrid you will by necessity go by this landmark and, therefore, do not have to go out of your way to see it, I respectfully disagree with the other reviewers that suggest that it is not worth going out of your way to see. I recommend looking at it... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

This isn't a must see or anything. It's just a beautiful arch in the middle of the street so you don't need to go our of your way for it. If you're very close (retiro park) or shopping/staying nearby then just go and see it. Not worth more than 10minutes of ur time.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Just a monument that is similar in other Spanish cities. Nice to see if you're in the area shopping. But I wouldn't suggest going out of your way to view this though. Its just not worth it

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Once again before this magnificent arches gateway I found my self choosing between the overall scenic photography and the detail zoom macro detail shots, the main or the mouse. Be sure to pause here, look wide and narrow, enjoy it all.

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Address: Address: Plaza de la Independencia | Plaza de la Independencia, 1, 28001 Madrid Madrid, Spain
Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Barrio de Salamanca

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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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