Puerta de Alcala, Madrid

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Stand under the high, granite arches of Puerta de Alcala, one of Madrid’s most iconic landmarks. Built by Carlos III in 1778, the gate stands at 19.5 m (64 ft) and features elegant Baroque architecture adorned with decorative carvings. Look for the lion’s head that hangs above each of the three arches. Stand back to admire the statues on top of the gate representing the four cardinal virtues. Arrange to visit Puerta de Alcala and other attractions in Madrid using our Madrid online trip itinerary maker .
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  • This is a historic place, must-see monument in Madrid. The place in Christmas is beautifully lit up. If you go early in the morning you can take great pictures without the huge crowds.  more »
  • The gate was given the name Puerta de Alcalá because it was on the road that led to Alcalá de Henares, Cervantes’ hometown. It was the first of its kind to be built after the fall of the Roman...  more »
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  • Very fine hotel. Wonderful accommodations and service. Highly recommend. They could not do enough for you. Very, very nice.
  • Now that's great sculpting and premier architecture right there! Very picturesque! I took so many shots of this one piece. It even illuminates with different colors in the dark. The people come out surrounding this piece of art. The big rotunda makes it possible for everyone to get a photo.
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