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The Alcala Gate
or Puerta de Alcalá is a much-loved 18th century Madrid
Landmark. Italian Architect Francisco Sabatini, one of the leading architects of the time, designed the massive Alcala Gate in 1778 in a neoclassical style, crafted from local granite. Today, it stands at the busy Plaza de la Independencia and is recognized as an important national monument and emblem of Madrid.
The Alcala Gate is particularly lovely at night with its illuminated archways. The gate is also one of the most photographed landmarks in all of Madrid and its striking image can be found on postcards and other tourist memorabilia.
A Noble Gateway to the Road of Aragón
- When King Carlos III made his grand entrance to the City of Madrid in 1759 through a small 16th century Baroque style gate, he was not pleased with its design, size or scope. King Carlos III demanded a more elaborate gateway that was more suited as the portal to Madrid from the Road to Aragón. He commissioned Italian Architect Francisco Sabatini to tear down the existing gateway and design a magnificent edifice more befitting a great king such as himself.
- Francisco Sabatini was the favorite architect of King Carlos and was responsible for many neo-classical landmarks of the time including, his famous work on the Royal Palace
of Madrid. His design for the Alcala Gate features five separate archways, each adorned with imposing lion’s head statues created by French sculptor, Roberto Michel.
Additional warrior angel statues created by sculptor Francisco Guttiérrez line the top of the gate. Guttiérrez is also known for his lovely marble statue of the goddess Cybel created for the famous Cibeles Fountain that graces Madrid’s popular Plaza de Cibeles
Where is Alcala Gate: Plaza de la Independencia
How to get to Alcala Gate: By Subway to Retiro station, Line 2
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