The Palace of Communication, in Spanish “el Palacio de Comunicaciones”, is the old name of the impressive palace, now called the Cibeles Palace, located on the Plaza de Cibeles in Madrid, Spain. The amazing construction of this building and the beauty of the palace and its surrounding made this place an important monument in Madrid. Not only is it a famous tourist destination, but in 1993, it was declared “Bien de Interés Cultural“.
The Plaza de Cibeles is a large square built in neo-classic style, with the fountain being the symbol of the square. Back in the Renaissance period, instead of the square, there was a wood here. The Cibeles Fountain, now standing proudly in the center of the square, was actually built in completely different location. Built in late 18th century, this fountain represents the goddess sitting in a chariot. The chariot is pulled by two lions. It represents Cybele, a Phrygian goddess, an important goddess in both Greek and Roman mythology. The fountain was designed by Ventura Rodriguez and it was placed on the Buenavista Palace, but it was moved in the second half of the 19th century to the Plaza de Cibeles where it stands today.
One of the buildings that represent the capital city of Spain is certainly the Palace of Communication located on the Cibeles square. The palace was renamed in 2011 and the current name is the Cibeles Palace, but many people still call the palace by the old name. It was built in 1909 by Antonio Palacios and for years it was the place where the Post Office on Madrid was located. From the 2007, the building is the Madrid City Hall.
For those interested in architecture, as well as in art and history, visiting the Palace of Communication would be a perfect choice. The palace houses several exhibitions, mostly from private collections, while the top of the palace provides a magnificent view of Madrid and its landscape. The interior is decorated with sculptures and statues. In addition, there are souvenir shops and cafes for tourists to take a break during the visit. The bars at the top of the palace are especially popular among tourists, as they offer an opportunity to enjoy the refreshments and the view of Gran Via, Prado Museum, Buen Retiro Park and other places compiling the landscape of Madrid.
Besides the Palace of Communication, there are many other landmarks, just as impressive, in the central part of the city, which is why many tourists want to stay precisely there when visiting Madrid. This kind of accommodation in Madrid, Spain, provides the possibility to conveniently go sightseeing. Apart from the landmarks, such as monuments, museums and squares, the central area is full of shops, both local and designer shops, as well as restaurants and cafes. All of this creates a perfect ambient for spending your vacation in the urban area of Madrid, while you experience much of its culture and customs.