Plaza de la Cibeles

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Plaza de la Cibeles information

Location
Madrid , Spain
Address
Plaza de la Cibeles
Getting there
Metro: Banco de España
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Of all the grand roundabouts that punctuate the Paseo del Prado, Plaza de la Cibeles most evokes the splendour of imperial Madrid.

The jewel in the crown is the astonishing Palacio de Comunicaciones . Built between 1904 and 1917 by Antonio Palacios, Madrid’s most prolific architect of the belle époque, it combines elements of the North American monumental style of the period with Gothic and Renaissance touches. It serves as Madrid’s town hall (Ayuntamiento), with the main post office occupying the southwestern corner. Other landmark buildings around the plaza’s perimeter include the Palacio de Linares and Casa de América , the Palacio Buenavista (1769) and the national Banco de España (1891). There are fine views east towards the Puerta de Alcalá or, even better, west towards the Edificio Metrópolis.

The spectacular fountain of the goddess Cybele at the centre of the plaza is one of Madrid’s most beautiful. Ever since it was erected in 1780 by Ventura Rodríguez, it has been a Madrid favourite. Carlos III liked it so much that he tried to have it moved to the royal gardens of the Granja de San Ildefonso, on the road to Segovia, but madrileños (people from Madrid) kicked up such a fuss that he let it be.