Plaza de Cibeles is both a haven of majestic structures and statues, and an economic and political center for the city and Spain since main institutions such as the City Hall and the National Bank are situated here. The place can be accessed either by way of Banco de Espana Metro Station or bus lines.
Center of attraction in the area is a marble fountain where statues of Cybele, the Natolian and Greek goddess identified with nature and fertility stand. Two lions, Hippomenes and Atalanta, are carrying the sculptures, which are all masterpieces of esteemed sculptor and architect from Madrid Ventura Rodriguez.
A green boulevard called Salon del Prado, contructed under the reign of King Charles III in the late 18th century , originally had Plaza de Cibeles as part of its domain. It stretches from Atocha to the said place.
Back then, the sites are a perfect picture of still life- with the simplicity of activities and serene and relaxing atmosphere brought by an appreciation of things found in the place like flowers and the garden. At present, the place drastically transformed with traffic build-ups and other hassles epitomizing city life.
Political centers and cultural institutions Of the structures found in Plaza de Cibeles, the Palacio de Comunicaciones is the biggest. Presently, it serves as the seat of the City Hall and has been the headquarter of the Post Service. Renovations in the said building, which was designed by architect Antonio Palacios in the 30s with a personal touch, were undertaken to respond to the expanding and increasing complexity of the functions of the office. Noteworthy features of the establishment is the glass roof of the hall resembling that of the British Museum’s Great Court in London and a café in the attic floor facing the Plaza de Cibeles.
Built from the late 19th to early 20th century, the office of the National Bank is also located in the plaza. It is astonishing to know that by walking in that part of the area, you are actually just 35 feet above the largest gold reserve of Spain.
The place also has its own share of horror narratives expressed in a structure named Palacio de Linares. While the building is popularly portrayed as being the most important place for the Latin American Culture since it houses exhibits and such other activities that celebrate the richness of continental cultural heritage and history, a story of a young girl buried in the place and showing herself along the corridors is what arouses public curiousity.
Facing the Palacio de Lianares is another structure called Palacio de Buenavista that was built in the 18th century in a traditional style. Tall trees appears to be obscuring this structure which is made up of bricks giving it a red appearance.
Not only is Plaza de Cibeles of great political and economic significance, its strategic location allows it to become a focus of tourism with beautiful structures in its periphery. In its north is the National Library while Retiro Park is the attraction in the east. A five- minute walk can already bring enthusiast to the Golden triangle of Art and other cultural centers like Circulo de Bellas Artes in the west.