Puerta de Alcala
Madrid • Spain

From: Madrid Travel Guide

See also: Buen Retiro ParkRoyal PalaceMadrid Festivals And Events

Puerta de Alcala
King Charles III commissioned Italian architect Francesco Sabatini who had also worked on the Royal Palace to design and build a worthy gateway into the city and so in 1778 this impressive neo-classical monument was created.

The granite monument dominates Independence Square where it has been beautifully surrounded by flower beds. There are three main archways with a central column and two smaller gateways on either end with several beautifully carved statues positioned on the top of the monument that include lion head reliefs above the archways as well as columns that add to the decorative facade of the structure.

The monument is located along the Calle de Alcala which is one of Madrid's oldest streets with the street actually passing fairly close to either side of the monument. The Puerta de Alcala is also close to the entrance to the Parque del Buen Retiro which features the impressive monument to Alfonso XII as well as beautifully landscaped gardens, statues and structures such as the Crystal Palace.

The monument is located at Plaza de la Independencia, 28001 Madrid which is approximately 2 miles east of the Royal Palace.

Travel Guide
The Puerta de Alcala monument can be reached by Subway station Retiro (Line 2) which is about 100 meters away or by bus to station Puerta de Alcala.