Only a few feet away from the Parque del Buen Retiro, is Madrid’s 1st-contemporary triumphal arch, the famed Neoclassical Monument of Puerta De Alcala. A ‘stunning’ arch that takes its name after Alcalá Gate or the Alcalá Citadel, that once belonged to the former King Philip IV. As a matter of fact what brought us to this monument are the fascinating stories of the Serrano, Alcalá, Alfonso XII, and Olózaga streets, that gave Puerta De Alcala its essential congruity. However, when we got here, we couldn’t stop drooling over the fact that Puerta De Alcala seamlessly mirrors the 18th-century Madrid. Sheathed by a medieval era atmosphere, the history of this monumental gate takes you back to 17th-century when King Charles III had ordered to build an archway leading to the city of Alcalá.
While sauntering-around Puerta de Alcalá, we noticed the marks of cannon shrapnel from the eighteenth century. These impressions of cannon burst, in particular, symbolize the 1854 war defeat at Vicálvaro. To complement the accomplishments of Puerta de Alcalá, a handful of gardens and night lights were added to the Plaza in 2001. But nothing popularized the gate, like the 1985 Spanish super hit song “La Puerta de Alcalá,” sung by Víctor Manuel and Ana Belén. Or, wait, did Linkin Park and Katy Perry, break that record in 2010 while they performed live from Puerta de Alcalá for the MTV Europe Music Awards? Most recently, this venue was seen hosting the concert of World Pride 2017, and for all the magnificence it has on display, we wish more and more people visiting Madrid, swing by to explore this historic gate.
Attractions Near Puerta De Alcala Madrid:
Plaza De La Independencia
National Archaelogical Museum of Madrid
Estanque Grande Del Retiro
Palacio De Cristal
Thyssen Bornemisza Museum
Real Jardin Botanico
Casa De Vacas Cultural Centre