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King Carlos III wanted to build an iconic monument for Madrid restoration in 1778. It was founded on the site of a precedent gate built by king philip III however this new gate must leave an important impression on every city visitor.
Italian architect Sabatini came with a simple but fascinating neoclassical design. Puerta de Alcala is 19.5 metre high granite gate and features three giant arches and two other rectangular gateways to the sides. As decoration, lion’s head sculptures top the archways. Other stunning stoneworks of Francisco Gutierrez add to the glamorous of the building.
Puerta de Alcala is a perfect of harmony and prestige. It was once the principal entry to the city surrounded by walls. The triumphal gate gained much fame from the successful song of Ana Belén and Víctor Manuel “La Puerta de Alcalá”.