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Alcala Gate (Puerta de Alcala)

Plaza de la Independencia, Madrid, Spain (Retiro)
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Ranked #31 of 512 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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Nicosia, Cyprus
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Put this on your planned walking tour of Madrid. It's a sight you can see from quite a distance and one that should be seen when visiting Madrid.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

This gate is stuck in the middle of an almost-roundabout that is several lanes wide. We visited at dusk and the lighting was interesting - sunset. It's right at one end of the Parque de Retiro and we walked through the park to it. There were several people running through the park so watch out! But the gate was neat... More

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Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Always I waspassing by it and it reminds me the historical acpect of city. Feel like in ancient times!

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Late afternoon is a good time to visit in order to get the best light conditions for photography. To actually get to the monument you'll need to battle the traffic.

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Islamabad, Pakistan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The place is a good spot to admire old archetecture and to have ur postcard pic of Sights snd sounds of madrid.

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Swanley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

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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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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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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