Puerta de Hierro (Madrid)

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Coordinates: 40°27′20.18″N 3°44′39.71″W / 40.4556056°N 3.7443639°W / 40.4556056; -3.7443639

Puerta de Hierro.

Puerta de Hierro merely means Iron Gate, In Madrid this is a monument of the second half of the eighteenth century, located in the northwest of the Spanish capital city of Madrid (Spain), in the district of Moncloa near the Monte de El Pardo. It occupies a landscaped traffic island, defined by several branches of the highway A-6 and M-30, an enclave which is difficult to access. It is built in classical baroque style.

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Unlike the other three monumental gates of Madrid (those of Alcala Toledo and San Vicente), This is not in the city centre, but at the western edge, near the University City and the Government Palace of Moncloa. It was erected here because this was the ceremonial entrance to the Royal Park of El Pardo, a hunting area historically reserved to the Spanish monarchy and, at present, it is protected through the Regional Park of the Cuenca Alta del Manzanares. The surrounding neighbourhood is sometimes named after it. The Argentinian president Juan Domingo Perón had his villa there during his Spanish exile. Hence the title of the biographic film Puerta de Hierro, el exilio de Perón.