Plaza de Cibeles

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The plaza is a landmark of Madrid and it is famous for the Cybele Palace (City Hall), and the fountain of the same name.

The Plaza de Cibeles is a square with a neo-classical complex of marble sculptures with fountains that has become an iconic symbol for the city of Madrid. It sits at the intersection of Calle de Alcalá (running from east to west), Paseo de Recoletos (to the North) and Paseo del Prado (to the south). Plaza de Cibeles was originally named Plaza de Madrid, but in 1900, the City Council named it Plaza de Castelar, which was eventually replaced by its current name.

It is currently delimited by four prominent buildings: The Bank of Spain, the Palacio de Buenavista, the Palacio de Linares and the Cybele Palace. These constructions are located in four different neighbourhoods from three different adjacent districts: Centro, Retiro and Salamanca.

In the years Cybele Palace and her fountain have become symbolic monuments of the city.[1][2][3]

Cibeles Fountain[edit]

The Cybele Fountain

The fountain of Cybele is found in the part of Madrid commonly called the Paseo de Recoletos. This fountain is named after Cybele, a Phrygian goddess.

Cybele Palace[edit]

Main article: Cybele Palace
Panoramic view as seen from Calle de Alcalá.
Plaza de Cibeles at Christmas

The most prominent of the buildings at the Plaza de Cibeles is the Cybele Palace (formerly named Palace of Communication).

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Coordinates: 40°25′09″N 3°41′35″W / 40.41917°N 3.69306°W / 40.41917; -3.69306