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Neo-Classical Photo Op

This huge neo-classical granite monument at Plaza de la Independence holds the distinction of being the first modern post-Roman triumphal arch in Europe. I saw it for the first... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This huge neo-classical granite monument at Plaza de la Independence holds the distinction of being the first modern post-Roman triumphal arch in Europe. I saw it for the first time on my most recent visit to Madrid and regretted that a roundabout of busy traffic prevented me from a closer inspection. Completed in 1778, the monument rises 69 feet, showing... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Saw many locals taking their wedding pictures in front on the gate as well as tourists. If you want to know more about it, get a city tour.

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Evora, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You will find the Puerta de Alcala near of a huge garden and It's a wonderful place for you to visit!

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A very interesting gate in Madrid. The two sides are actually different so you get to pick your favourite one. Make sure to get a guided tour to learn more about this history!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Built in 1778, this Neo-classical monument is considered to be the first modern post-roman triumphal built in Europe. It's older than the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Impressive for the history, etc but not a major draw.

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Iasi, Romania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

it does not worth visiting the place, just take the tour busses and you will see and find everything about this place

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

in the main downtown area of Madrid easy to find and a beautiful structure. Many things available in this main plaza but beware it is larger than you think

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Gate was immediately outside our hotel; and it is impressive to see. A leisurely walk around the Plaza offers the opportunity to see it from different perspectives. It is a nice photo op. The traffic lights around the Plaza work well so it is safe and easy to walk around the Plaza.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Located on a busy traffic junction, a beautiful architecture with small statues on top of it. It also close to the Retiro Park. It is worthwhile seeing monument. Be careful when crossing the road. Follow the Pedestrian traffic signal.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice pass-by tourist spot, right in the centre of Madrid. Worth the visit for a couple cliche pictures!

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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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