Puerta de Alcalá is a neoclassical gate and monument that was once part of the walls designed to control the flow of goods in and out of Madrid. These walls were known as the Walls of Philip IV and feature unique architectural elements that were installed in 1778.

The gate has been the site of numerous historic events over the centuries and is still used as a popular event venue. Now an iconic monument, the site is popular for visitors and photography. Anyone interested in the city’s history or architecture will enjoy seeing the Puerta de Alcalá in person.

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A brief history of Puerta de Alcalá in Madrid

In the 18th century, Madrid was enclosed by medieval walls that served surveillance purposes, controlled the flow of goods and people in and out of the city and ensured taxes were collected. Originally, the walls and gate were made of brick, mortar and compacted earth, but Francesco Sabatini was commissioned by King Charles III to erect a monumental gate with ornamental details.

The gate is a sight to behold, featuring white stone brought from Colmena and granite that came from Segovia. Numerous events have taken place at Puerta de Alcalá, including a parade for the Count of Villahermosa, MTV Europe Music Awards performances and WorldPride 2017 closing ceremony.

What else is good to know about Puerta de Alcalá in Madrid?

Puerta de Alcalá was renovated in 2001 when Madrid was named the ‘Capital Mundial del Libro’, or the ‘World Book Capital’. This included adding lush gardens and night lighting, transforming the already beautiful monument. When you visit, plan some time to explore the gardens and see the area illuminated at night.

Several attractions are near Puerta de Alcalá, including the Palacio de Velazquez, Parque de El Retiro, Museo Naval and Museo Nacional de Prado. You could also see the Real Jardin Botanico, which is located inside of the Parque de El Retiro.

Puerta de Alcalá in Madrid

Location: Pl. de la Independencia, s/n, 28001 Madrid, Spain

Open: 24/7