Plaza de Cibeles, one of Madrid's most recognizable and iconic squares, is a neoclassical plaza in the center of Madrid. It is a significant intersection, is home to a few magnificent structures, and is the unofficial focus for Spanish soccer triumph celebrations. It also has very rich historical and cultural legacy.
The oldest structure in Plaza de Cibeles, Buenavista Palace had an illustrious past as the Duke and Duchess of Alba's former residence. It currently serves as the Spanish Army's command center. On the final Friday of most months, you can catch the exciting changing of the guard ceremony here and take advantage of the free guided tours offered.
The fountain that gives the plaza its name, the Cibeles Fountain, features Cybele (Cibeles in Spanish), the Greek goddess of fertility and nature, riding on a chariot drawn by lions. The Real Madrid soccer team and Spain's national team, which congregate near the fountain with supporters to celebrate triumphs, have made the sculpture their favorite place because of its aura of strength and authority.
The only building on Plaza de Cibeles that still fulfills its original function is the Banco de Espaa building. Although the building's outer façade is spectacular, the interior is home to several works of art by famous artists like Goya and other figures.
In the early 20th century, the aristocratic Linares family called Linares Palace their home. It was gradually renovated throughout the years and reopened as the Casa de América, a cultural hub that showcases Latin American art, history, and legacy via exhibitions, movie screenings, debate forums, and other events.
After being built in 1919, this work of art functioned as the Palacio de Comunicaciones (the national postal service's administrative center(, rewarding itself as the most beautiful post office in the world). The building's rooftop patio offers delicious cuisine, beverages, and sweeping views of Madrid's city center.
The most storied avenue in Madrid, Gran Va, which provides quick access to Puerta del Sol, may be reached by traveling west.
The Prado and the Thyssen - Bornemisza are two of the three renowned museums that make up Madrid's Golden Triangle of Art, towards the south of the square. Retiro Park, the most well-known green space in the city, is located immediately east of the square. Finally, as you go north, you will arrive at Madrid's upscale Salamanca neighborhood, home to some of the city's best shopping.
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