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The plaza is the symbol for Madrid and it's famous for the Palacio de Comunicaciones, that hosts Madrid Mayor's Office since 2007, and the Cibeles fountain

The Plaza de Cibeles is a square with a neo-classical complex of marble sculptures with fountains that has become an iconic symbol for the city of Madrid. The fountain of Cibeles is found in the part of Madrid commonly called the Paseo de Recoletos. It depicts the goddess Cibeles (Cybele), the Phrygian goddess of fertility, sitting on a chariot pulled by two lions. The fountain was built in the reign of Charles III and designed by Ventura Rodríguez between 1777 and 1782. The goddess and chariot are the work of Francisco Gutiérrez and the lions by Roberto Michel. The fountain originally stood next to the Buenavista Palace, and was moved to its present location in the middle of the square in the late 19th century. Up until the 19th century both the fountain of Neptune and Cibeles looked directly at each other, until the city council decided to turn them round to face towards the centre of the city.

On one side of the fountain of Cibeles, the Paseo de Recoletos starts, heading north to link up with the Paseo de la Castellana. On the other side, the Paseo del Prado begins and heads off south, towards the fountain of Neptune, in the Plaza de Cánovas del Castillo, and on until Atocha. Calle Alcalá is the street which intersects the fountain from east to west. Calle Alcalá starts in the Puerta del Sol and continues on to the outskirs of Madrid.

On the corners of Cibeles ‘square’ the old headquarters of the Spanish Postal Service (Correos y Telégrafos) and nowadays the Mayor's Office is found. On another corner the Bank of Spain is found and opposite to the General Staff Headquarters of the Spanish Army. The East side of the square is occupied by the Palace of Linares, that currently hosts the Casa de América.

Panoramic view as seen from Calle de Alcalá.

The fountain of Cibeles has been adopted by the football team Real Madrid as the place to celebrate its triumphs in major competitions such as the Champions League, La Liga or Spanish Copa del Rey.

Subway station (Metro de Madrid): Banco de España (line 2)

Coordinates: 40°25′09″N 3°41′35″W / 40.41917°N 3.69306°W / 40.41917; -3.69306

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