Plaza de Cibeles

Plaza de Cibeles is a busy intersection between the main roads, Paseo del Prado and Paseo de Recoletos in Madrid, Spain. This intersection is one of the main roads leading to Puerta de Alcala (close to Retiro Park Madrid) and National Archaeological Museum. This neo-classical complex is filled with magnificent marble sculptures with fountains that help to make it an extremely iconic symbol for Madrid. This town square was originally named Plaza de Madrid until the year 1900 when the City Council decided to name it Plaza de Castelar and then later was replaced by its current name.

Though there are several other buildings, the main four prominent buildings that make up this particular town square are the Palacio de Buenavista, The Bank of Spain, the Palacio de linares and the Cybele Palace. Each one of these buildings is built in a very unique and intricate way with gorgeous designs and large features.

The most important and most popular feature found within this town square is the Cibeles Fountain that tends to draw in the most crowds hoping to snap a few good pictures in front of it. The fountain depicts Cybele, a Phrygian goddess who actually had a significant cult in Rome, Italy who is sitting on a chariot that is being pulled by two lions. The fountain is seen as a symbol of the city of Madrid. Celebrations of victories by Real Madrid football club are held around the fountain with the statue of Cybele is wrapped in a flag of the football team.

Plaza de Cibeles in brief

Place Calle de Alcala/Paseo de Recoletos/Paseo del Prado
When 1700’s
Locally Known As Plaza de Cibeles
Admission FREE


Did you know that it was originally named Plaza de Madrid?


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