La Puerta de Alcalá
Portrayed as one of the most popular photos, in postcards and brochures of touristic routes The Puerta de Alcalá is one of the Spanish Capital’s most emblematic symbols. Motive of songs, movie scenes , paintings and thousands of memories, what is considered as one of the neuralgic hotspots in Madrid has a great history behind its back.
Historical entry to the city
Far away from being a linguistic resource, the name of the Puerta de Alcalá (meaning Alcala’s Gate) comes from its original purpose . This monument is one of the 5 original Gates that closed Madrid city and served as an entry to the capital of Spain, to be more accurate, the one that leads to the old road to the acclaimed village of Alcalá de Henares.
The Puerta de Alcalá that we see today was built in 1778. Design and created by the acclaimed architect Sabatini. The previous door ( existing since the XVI century) made from brick and stone, was a much more practical and functional one that was demolished in favor of this “new” grand and ornamental one.
But this Gate has not always been in the location were it stands today . The Puerta de Alcalá did not became a Plaza ( Square ) until 1889. This neoclassic monumental gate is the first triumphal Arch built in Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire . Its considered source of inspiration such as the Branderburgh Gate un Berlín or l’arc de Triomphe in París.
An essential location in Madrid’s Life
The Puerta de Alcalá is a referential landscape of Madrid’s city Life, that has un all its surroundings a good number of interesting visitas that all turists should make at least once whilst visiting Madrid.
Next to the Puerta de Alcalá you can find the Buen Retiro Park, one of the favourite places of the Madrid people as well as visitors to practice Sports, walking relax or disconnet of the busy city Buzz for a while.
But this is not the only interesting place un this área, around the Gate , and in a 700 metre radius you have Archeology Museum,the Thyssen art Museum, la Plaza de Cibeles (fountain) or the Navy Museum