Plaza de la Cibeles
Palacio de Linares & Casa de América
So extraordinary is the Palacio de Comunicaciones on Plaza de la Cibeles that many visitors fail to notice this fine 19th-century...
Mirador de Madrid
The views from the summit of the Palacio de Comunicaciones are arguably Madrid's best, sweeping west down over the Plaza de la Cibeles,...
Set back amid gardens on the northwest edge of Plaza de la Cibeles stands the Palacio Buenavista, now occupied by the army. It once...
Gran Café de Gijón
This graceful old cafe has been serving coffee and meals since 1888 and has long been a favourite with Madrid’s literati for a drink or...
Plaza de la Cibeles · interesting places nearby
Plaza de la Cibeles information
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.