Plaza de Cibeles - details and images
In the center is the Fuente de Cibeles. This fountain is named after CIBE (or Ceres), goddess of nature Romanian is one of the most important symbols of Madrid. Cibeles fountain depicts the goddess in a chariot drawn by two lions. It was built between 1777 and 1782 by Ventura Rodriguez. Each time the Real Madrid team win a trophy, fans gather around the fountain to enjoy together the team's success.
The most prominent building in the Plaza de Cibeles is the Palacio de Comunicaciones (Communications Palace). Building resembling a cathedral was built between 1905 and 1917 by Antonio Palacios for the postal service headquarters. The building housed the Museum of Post and Telecommunications until 2007 when he became mayor of Madrid (Ayuntamiento de Madrid).
City Hall is located across from the Banco de Espana, the headquarters of the Bank of Spain. The oldest part of this large building was built between 1882 and 1891, then extended in 1936 and 1975. Inside, 30 feet below ground is where the central bank keeps its gold reserve. Before modern safety measures to be installed, treasure room was flooded in case of danger.
There is also and the Palacio de Linares. Baroque-style building was built in 1873 by a wealthy banker, Jose Murgia. A century later the building is greatly degraded by the year 1992 when it was renovated. Currently hosting the America House, a cultural center and art gallery focusing more on Latin American art. It is said that this building is still haunted by the spirit of its first owner who made his fortune in the New World.
Transport: Underground - Banco de España (M2)
Address: between Passeo del Prado de los Recoletos and Passeo
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