Fodor's Expert Review Plaza de Cibeles

Retiro Plaza/Square/Piazza

The Plaza de Cibeles, where three of Madrid’s most affluent neighborhoods (Centro, Retiro, and Salamanca) intersect, is both an epicenter of municipal grandeur and a crash course in Spanish architecture. Two palaces, Buenavista and Linares (baroque and baroque revival, respectively), sit on the northerly corners of the plaza and are dwarfed by the ornate Palacio de Cibeles. In the center of the plaza sits one of Madrid’s most defining symbols, the Cybele Fountain, a depiction of the Roman goddess of the Earth driving a lion-drawn chariot. (During the civil war, patriotic madrileños risked life and limb to sandbag it as Nationalist aircraft bombed the city.)

Plaza/Square/Piazza Fountain

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Madrid, Madrid  28014, Spain

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