Madrid: Puerta de Moncloa!

So here I go updating older posts in my blog. In this case I am not only updating and revising the old post but also ,split into two the Faro and the Puerta of Moncloa of my dear Madrid. Hope you enjoy and thanks for coming along the tour.

Let me tell you a bit about the Puerta de Moncloa. It is known as the Arco de la Victoria for other reasons I prefer to call it a gate which is also. It is located before the Faro de Moncloa (see post), the Puerta de Moncloa or Arco de la Victoria an arch gate entering the city of Madrid from the northwest.


The gate 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. History cannot be erase but taught in better ways to avoid the mistakes of the past. Therefore, Puerta de Moncloa is a better name.

There is the Air Force or Ejército del Aire building and the Templete de los Caidos or temple of the fallen across the Puerta de Moncloa.


The Arco de la Victoria as originally known was built between 1950-56 and it is popularly called 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 Ejercito del Aire or  Spanish Air Force .


The Puerta de Moncloa is located at one of the main entrances to Madrid from the La Coruña highway, in the center of the so-called Avenida de la Memoria in the Moncloa-Aravaca district. The arch has a total height of 49 meters. 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 University of Madrid and the Museo de America amongst others.


The location of the Puerta de Moncloa or Arco de la Victoria has a meaning around the battle of the University City within the historical context of the Spanish Civil War .This battle lasted eight hundred and fifty-eight days from November 17, 1936 to March 28, 1939 .The bloodiest of the battle of Madrid or for the defense of Madrid depending on which side you were, occurred a few meters from its current location. The triumphal arch is a tradition of Roman architecture that consisted in the construction of a gate to commemorate the war victory and to greet the victorious armies entering the city. It is for this reason that this Arco de la Victoria is the only one of its kind, having been built on the terrain of the battlefield itself. Below picture of the Puerta de Moncloa taken from the Faro de Moncloa!


The Madrid tourist office on the Puerta de Moncloa or Arco de la Victoria

There you go folks, another dandy in my dear Madrid. Perhaps an off the beaten path sight but nevertheless worth the detour ,nice walks and great eateries here see my posts. Hope you enjoy the post and helping me remember these memorable moments in Madrid.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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