Plaza de la Independencia, Madrid

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The Plaza de la Independencia (Independence Square) is a central square in the Spanish capital, Madrid. It sits at the intersection of Calle de Alcalá (running from east to west), Calle de Alfonso XII (to the south), Calle de Serrano (to the north), Calle de Salustiano Olozaga (to the northwest), and the Paseo de Mexico (to the southeast, running entirely within the Buen Retiro Park). Being centred with the 18th-century gate of Puerta de Alcalá, the Plaza de la Independencia is among the important symbols of the city of Madrid.


The square was opened in 1778 during the reign of King Carlos III. It was designed by architect Francesco Sabatini. However, the current shape of the square dates back to 1869. It is mainly surrounded with buildings from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, built during the expansion of the city of Madrid.
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  • We passed by the arch / gate / plaza several times during our two days in Madrid, but only had time for a picture the night of Friday Sept 20 on our way back to the Petit Palace Lealtad hotel. A...  more »
  • Plaza De La Independencia is a cool plaza that's close to Parque De Retiro, famous for the triumphal arch ( Puerta De Alcalá ) ,the place is basically a busy roundabout with the beautiful archway as....  more »

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