Puerta de Alcala (Alcala Gate), Madrid

Puerta de Alcala (Alcala Gate), Madrid

This monumental gateway, one of the most iconic landmarks in Madrid, stands as a testament to the ambitious urban improvements led by Carlos III in the eastern part of the city. Created by the architect Francesco Sabatini to commemorate the king's first two decades on the throne, it replaced a smaller Baroque gateway that Felipe III had constructed for his wife's entry into Madrid.

Construction of this colossal city gate, the largest in Europe at the time, began in 1769 and spanned nine years. Crafted from granite in the Neo-Classical style, it features an imposing pediment adorned with sculpted angels and boasts five arches—three central and two outer rectangular ones.

Once serving as the easternmost boundary of the city, the gateway now stands isolated on a small island within the bustling Independence Square ("Plaza de la Independencia"). To fully appreciate its magnificence, visit at night when it is illuminated, casting a radiant glow upon its architectural splendor.

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Puerta de Alcala (Alcala Gate) on Map

Sight Name: Puerta de Alcala (Alcala Gate)
Sight Location: Madrid, Spain (See walking tours in Madrid)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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