Saturday, June 30, 2018

Puerta de Alcala: Madrid’s Grand Entrance (Magnificent Madrid Series 18)

Puerta de Alcala 
Madrid’s Grand Entrance
Magnificent Madrid Series 18

The Puerta de Alcalá or the Alcalá Gate, located 
right across the Buen Retiro Park, is a Neo-classical 
monument in the Plaza de la Independencia.

The name came from the Arabic word ‘al-qal'a’,
or "citadel" and considered as the oldest among
the modern post-Roman triumphal arch in Europe.

…like the  Arc de Triomphe in Paris,


…and Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. 

Puerta de Alcala was inaugurated in 1778, that replaced 
a smaller gate where road to the city of Alcalá was to pass.


It was later expanded as the Plaza de la Independencia, now
 bisected  by Alcalá Street, a name based from that old path that 
originates  from Madrid  to the nearby town of Alcalá de Henares.

This humongous arc is something
not to be missed when in Madrid.

Read the links below for related posts

Caceres to Madrid 
Scenic Train Ride to the Spanish Capital City
Magnificent Madrid Series 1 

La Pausa 
Madrid’s Welcome Feast 
Magnificent Madrid Series 2 

Petit Palace Opera 
Homey Hotel at the Heart of Madrid
Magnificent Madrid Series 3 

Calle Arenal 
Madrid’s Vibrant Street Mall
Magnificent Madrid Series 4

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