The Entrance To The City
The Puerta de Alcalá (also known as Alcalá Gate) is a spectacular monument built by Sabatini in 1778. It is located in one of the old entrances to the city in Plaza de la Independencia, and has become a symbol of Madrid. This historic building lead to a street called Alcalá de Henares, which is where it gets its name from.
A Historical Building
This famous gate was built to commemorate the arrival of Charles III in 1778. It has 5 large arches which are surrounded by 10 columns, and has different figures on each side. The monument is particularly impressive at night when it is illuminated against the sky.
A Popular 80s Song
Located between Plaza de Cibeles and Buen Retiro Park, the Puerta de Alcalá offers great photo opportunities of the entrance to the city. But as it is surrounded by busy traffic, good timing is essential! The monument is so emblematic it even has a song named after it.