The Bank of Spain is located in a privileged spot in downtown Madrid. On one side of it is the noble tree-lined boulevard known as the Paseo de la Castellana. Don't forget to stroll down it. On the other side is Alcalá street, which leads straight to the Puerta del Sol. Walking along Alcalá, look up to the tops of the buildings to see beautiful architectural details that are often missed.
The Roman style 18th century statue and fountain of the goddess Cibeles has come to symbolize Madrid itself. Its base has been made into a roundabout so normally you can't approach it directly but admire it from afar, normally from the corner of Paseo de Recoletos and Calle de Alcalá, in front of Buenavista Palace. Together with the picturesque Palacio de Comunicaciones behind it, Cibeles has for good reason become the most photographed part of Madrid.
The white Palacio de Comunicaciones sits on the corner opposite the Bank of Spain. The grand building blends Gothic and Art Nouveau elements and has an air of fantasy about it. It is reminiscent of a whimsical sand castle or a Gothic wedding cake. The Palacio de Comunicaciones currently houses the mayor's office, the city's main post office and the postal museum.
A little further north, the Archaeological Museum is an impressive treasure trove of lost civilizations and relics of Spanish history. History buffs will never want to leave, but before you do, don't miss the reproduction of the Altamira cave paintings underground just inside the entrance gate.
Plaza de Cibeles
Calle de Montalbán
Plaza de Cibeles
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Paseo de Recoletos, 2
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