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Plaza de Cibeles
Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrThe Plaza de Cibeles is arguably the most beautiful of all great public squares in Madrid, Spain. The monumental Cibeles Fountain that stands in the middle of the heavily trafficked – unfortunately – square is one of the icons of the city. It depicts Cibele, the Greek goddess of nature and fertility, holding a key and scepter while being pulled in chariot by two lions. Several other majestic buildings surround the Plaza de Cibeles, including the Banco de España, the Palacio de Buenavista, and the Palacio de Linares. The most striking and notable building, however, is the Cibeles Palace, also known as the Palacio de Comunicaciones or City Hall of Madrid. Originally named ‘Plaza de Madrid’, the square changed names twice and received its current name in 1900.
The Plaza de Cibeles’ fountain has unofficially been adopted by the fans of Madrid soccer team, Real Madrid, who after league and cups wins, meet around and sometimes even in and on the monument.
HistoryThe area used to be part of a wooded axis that separated central Madrid from several palace complexes and monasteries just outside the city center. The axis was redesigned first by King Philip II in 1570 and later by Charles III in the 18th century. The Cibeles Fountain was designed by Ventura Rodriguez and constructed between 1777 and 1782. The surrounding buildings date from between the late 18th century and the early 20th century.
Visiting Plaza de CibelesThe Plaza de Cibeles lies in the east of the Madrid city center and is a major landmark in the city. Most visitors visit it on their way from central Madrid to the Buen Retiro Park or the Prado Museum, which both lie nearby. The Cibeles Palace is a much-photographed building, as is the Cibeles Fountain. Other impressive structures around the square that are well-worth seeing (and photographing) are the Banco de España (the Bank of Spain), the Buenavista Palace (headquarters of the Spanish army), and the Palace of Linares (a cultural center and art museum).
How to Get ThereThe square is located at the intersection of Paseo del Prado, Paseo de Recoletos, and Calle de Alcalá. This symbolic monument can be reached on foot from anywhere in the city center, or by subway on line M2 to the Banco de España stop.
Similar and Nearby LandmarksOther major squares in Madrid are the Plaza Mayor, the Puerta del Sol, and the Plaza de España Madrid.
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Author: bramreusen. Last updated: Apr 02, 2015