Fuente de Cibeles

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The statue depicting the Phrygian goddess Cybele, a symbol of earth, agriculture and fertility, sitting on a lion-drawn carriage, is now the main attraction of the Plaza de Cibeles, a major landmark of Madrid at the intersection of Calle de Alcalá, Paseo de Recoletos and Paseo del Prado.

Designed by the architect Ventura Rodríguez in 1782, originally the fountain indeed supplied water for the citizens and the horses of Madrid, through two different pipes. Only in 1895, it was moved to the center of the square to become more of a decorative than a functional element.

It is surrounded by important buildings, such as the Buenavista Palace, the Palacio de Comunicaciones, the Palacio de Linares and the Bank of Spain. The main structure surrounding the square is the Palacio de Cibeles, completed in 1919 and nowadays the seat of the Madrid City Council.

The fountain of Cibeles is very popular among locals and is known as the place where Real Madrid fans celebrate their team’s victories.

Contacts & Details

Plaza Cibeles, 3 28014 Madrid