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  • Address: Cross streets of Calle de Alcala & Calle de Alfonso XII
  • Admission: Free

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Alcalá Gate (Puerta de Alcalá)

The Puerta de Alcalá - or Alcalá Gate - stands in the center of the Plaza de la Independencia - Independence Square - and just outside of the Parque de Buen Retiro - Park of the Pleasant Retreat. This Neo-classical monument was commissioned by King Carlos III in the mid-18th century to replace the 16th century gate that served as the entrance to Madrid from what was then the eastern border.

Italian architect Francesco Sabatini was given the job and with help from two French and Spanish sculptors created what is now recognized as a symbol of Madrid. The Puerta de Alcalá is one of the city's most historic and beautiful landmarks.

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The Alcalá Gate is bisected by Calle de Alcalá and is at the northwest corner of the expansive Parque de Buen Retiro. Other nearby points of interest include the Museo Arqueologico Nacional - National Archaeological Museum - and Biblioteca Nacional de España - Spanish National Library. It is accessible via the Retiro metro stop.

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Madrid Hop-on Hop-off Tour with Optional Food Tastings

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Discover Madrid’s highlights aboard an open-top double-decker hop-on hop-off bus. Step aboard and watch the passing sights on both the two ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: Varies

From USD $23.75

Private Custom Tour: Madrid in a Day

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Experience the best of Madrid, and see the sights that you want to see on this private tour. Choose from a half- or full-day tour, then let your local guide ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 3.5 hours (half-day tour) or 7 hours (full-day tour)

From USD $49.66

3-Night Madrid Tour from Lisbon Including Toledo

Get to know the seductive Spanish capital of Madrid as well its neighboring cities on a 3-night tour from Lisbon! Sightseeing tours of Madrid and the ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $300.31

Private Guided Half Day City Tour in Madrid with Public Transportation

Enjoy a great Madrid experience during this 4 hour private tour of the city with your own private guide in public transportation. Enjoy some of Madrid’s ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.77

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