Faro de Moncloa, and Puerta de Moncloa, Madrid!

I had to take the pictures from this lighthouse of Moncloa apart. It was and is an emblematic symbol of Madrid for many years and enjoying it since 1992 when it originally opened. It was closed abandoned really for many years and reopen in 2015.  This is about the Faro de Moncloa.

Also, just before the Faro there is the Puerta de Moncloa or Arco de la Victoria an arch gate entering the city of Madrid from the northwest.

The nearby museum of America was given news in the previous post on Madrid. The official site for the tourist office of Madrid on the Faro is here: https://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/faro-de-moncloa

For the Puerta de Moncloa or Arco de la Victoria the same info is here: https://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/arco-victoria

There is a heavy presence of transportation here from metro lines 3 and 6, and buses  such as 44 46 82 84 132 133 160, 162, A, C1, G , U etc , as well as biciMadrid bike rentals as it is ,also, near the complutense university of Madrid. More on this here: https://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/campus-de-la-universidad-complutense

The Faro de Moncloa is 110 meters high but the elevator/lift takes you to 92 meters for views of the city, such as emblematics buildings like the Palacio Real, Almudena Cathedral, the Gran Via telephone building, casa del Pardo, Casa de Campo, Parque del Oeste ,the four towers and afar the Sierra de Guadarrama. The observation deck has 400 square meters of space. The junction where it stands is heavily traffic but there are crossing to get there with patient overland passarelles; it is at the intersection of Avenida de los Reyes Católicos, Highway A-6 and Avenida de la Victoria. The admission is 3€ and better get there early or late night  (better) as the elevators are not that big.

It has been closed last year due to fire in the engine room and reopen in July 2017; just in time for us to get up! A good adventure to do with the family indeed is back in Madrid.

The Arco de la Victoria was built between 1950-56 and it is popularly call the Puerta de Moncloa for its counterparts in Alcalà ,Hierro, etc in Madrid. It is a triumphal arch in memory of the victory of the nationalists over the republicans in the Spanish Civil War around the university grounds that took place between  Nov 1937 to March 1939 with the peculiarity that it was built right in the middle of what It was the battlefield. Nearby it was the infamous Model prison  or Càrcel Modelo that was dynamited and built in its place the grand beautiful building of the Spanish Air Force (see photo previous post).

We did not go in but you can. The Arch is on a rectangular base of 130 meters with 42 meters high supported by two corps of columns in rectangular form as well.  The height can be increase by 7 meters as there are on top the horses of the carriage of Minerva . On the foot of each corps of column there is a lobby that you can go in up with a marble stair. On the top there is a room with expositions and lookout that never has been used; you can climb here with an elevator/lift that is on both corps of columns as well.

There are inscriptions there and the years in Latin style showing the start and end of the battle that took place here. A very moving place in Spanish history. There are some that are pushing to destroy it as it a vestige of the sad past. However, history cannot be erase but taught in better ways to avoid the mistakes of the past; my opinion.

For now at Moncloa you have several monuments to see that are historical and emblematic of Spain, the Faro and Puerta de Moncloa (perhaps it sounds better than the Arco de la Victoria). There is the Air Force or Ejército del Aire building and the Templete de los Caidos or temple of the fallen across the Arco of Victory..

Enjoy Madrid, it has a lot more than tapas and verbenas ::) A country within a city, Madrid. Cheers!

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2 Comments to “Faro de Moncloa, and Puerta de Moncloa, Madrid!”

  1. El Arco de la Victoria reminds me of when we were children and used to watch the Armed Forces Parade on TV on El Día de la Victoria in Franco’s time. God, I sound old, don’t I???

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