The Carlos III Equestrian Statue faces the Casa de Correos.

Carlos III Equestrian Statue


The Plaza de la Puerta del Sol owes its present appearance in part to the Bourbon king Carlos III (r 1759–88), whose equestrian statue (complete with his unmistakable nose) stands in the middle.

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2. Bear Statue

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5. Palacio Gaviria


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7. Iglesia de San Ginés

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