When visiting Madrid, there are certain locations that we must not miss. Some museums or representative, unique squares will make our staying in the Spanish capital unforgettable.
One of these places is the square La Cibeles. This monumental fountain has become an authentic Madrid icon. It is located in the heart of the city, next to Cybele, the Greek goddess of fertility and nature is holding a scepter and a wrench, while two lions are pulling her carriage. The shooting of wild lions symbolizes the power the goddess has over the nature.
This fountain was designed and sculpted in 1782 by Ventura Rodríguez, and it was originally located on the outskirts of the Prado Museum in front to the fountain of Neptune. It is said that the source of this original site goes back to the times of the Moorish domination of the city, when it provided water to the local population. However, in the 19th century it was moved to the center of the square where it still is today, with other decorative details were added.
Real Madrid has unofficially adopted this source. It is used as a meeting point for fans to celebrate their triumphs. We can also find the players themselves in these celebrations, when the team wins a national or international competition.
This beautiful example of the urban landscape, that we can admire when we have already rented an apartment to stay in Madrid, is located at the crossroads of two main roads: from the North there is the Paseo del Prado, which becomes Paseo de Recoletos after the square, and from West to East there is the Calle Alcalá.
Each of the four corners of this wonderful monument faces the interesting buildings, which are also a part of this landscape in Madrid. The Palacio de Buenavista was built in 1977 and it now houses the General Headquarters of the army. The Palacio de Linares, built in 1877 is currently the headquarters of the Organization, Casa de América. This building is also the protagonist of many stories of ghosts and apparitions. On the southwest corner there is the Bank of Spain, located in a magnificent building the construction of which began in 1884. Finally, the fourth corner, one of the most beautiful buildings of this city: the communications Palace, the construction was completed in the year of 1917. Since 2007 it is the headquarters of the city of Madrid, and in addition, from the year 2011, it is officially called Cibeles Palace.