Madrid - Puerta del Sol live camGreat panoramic view of the main square, in the heart of Madrid

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    • 2 days ago
    • ольга

    Как хочется ,побывать в Мадриде на этой площади!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Gert

    What's up with the 'Furries'? Today there seems to be a 'Winnie the Pooh' & Mario (from Donkey Kong).

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • john

    mas que una vez.
    Does that makes sense?

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • john

    I have always wanted to visit Madrid.
    Can I now say I have?

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • Guillermo R Macayan Jr

    I wanna go thereto relax.

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • Joanna Pease

    Ah, the sound of the roadmender's drill in the morning!

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    • 1 month ago
    • Carlos Acosta

    Gert, and a little spanish to get around and you are set...i live in Canada, in the eastern part, in Toronto to be more precise and Vancouver is a great place...

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    • 1 month ago
    • Carlos Acosta

    Gert,I was fortunate to have visited Spain a I will tell you that if you do visit you won't regret it, you will enjoy it immensely, from food, to the people, to the beauty of the country and it's history...one of these days you never know you will have enough money to go, you don't need much any how, and there are hostels that are quite cheap and clean, with you own bathroom which is what you need anyhow, some where to sleep, take a shower and that's it, because the rest of the time you gonna be out there enjoying yourself...

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    • 1 month ago
    • Gert

    Carlos, Sadly I have never been to Spain. The only country I have visited (other than my own) is Canada (Vancouver). Which really isn't any different from where I live (Washington State, USA) now. The only way I will get to Europe and beyond is if I win the lottery. But can live vicariously through all of the webcams here.

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    • 1 month ago
    • Carlos Acosta

    Gert, oh, i missed it then...i´ll keep an eye on it and see if i can listen to the "Mariachi" band...havin sound in a webcam is much more interesting..

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    • 1 month ago
    • Carlos Acosta

    (Gert) that is funny, they are reading your mind!..no, i don´t live there, i visited Spain many times and ,know very well el Casco Viejo de Madrid where Puerta del Sol is...have you visited Madrid Gert? i certainly love Spain and I traveled all over except el Pais Vasco, that will be next...

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    • 1 month ago
    • Gert

    They are playing the song 'Cielito Lindo'.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7AWb3eShEo

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    • 1 month ago
    • Gert

    The band is back.

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    • 1 month ago
    • Gert

    Carlos, Funny thing as soon as I hit the submit button they started playing something completely different. I thought that maybe there was some kind of 'competition' going on. I wish I knew what was going on sometimes. Some things I can figure out (people 'break dancing', etc.) but other times (like last night) I'm just clueless.

    Carlos, Do you live in Madrid?

Madrid - Puerta del Sol

Puerta del Sol is the heart of Madrid, the symbol of the capital city of Spain, popular rendez-vous point for locals and tourists, wonderful location where many important events take place, a testimony to the history of Madrid, the administrative and commercial center, really worth a visit at night, when bright lights and the colours of the overwhelming Movida Madrileña turn on.

This thriving social center of Spain's capital has a semicircular shape, its ancient origins date back to the 15th century and to the reign of Charles I who ordered a gate to be built for better access into the town; soon it became a meeting point and new buildings were built, originally to serve political functions, all around the "door" (puerta) that, starting from the 15th century, was the entrance gate to the capital, its name, Spanish for "Gate of the Sun" derives from this city gate decorated with a symbolic sun; over the centuries Madrid grew rapidly, the square was considerably enlarged and new elegant and imposing buildings were erected, the House of the Post Office (Real Casa de Correos, 1768), a work of the architect Jacques Marquet, is still today a splendid example of this. The square is embellished by monumental fountains and cultural icons that make it popular in Spain as elsewhere in the world such as the aristocratic palace with the giant neon of Tío Pepe's sign sitting above, the clock tower of the House of the Post Office (1866), its clock, known as "Reloj de Puerta del Sol" is the most popular of Spain, the Equestrian statue of King Charles III, just in front of the House of the Post Office, the statue of Mariblanca and the statue of a female bear eating fruits from a strawberry tree (El Oso y El Madroño), this bronze statue, sculptured by Antonio Navarro, symbolizes the aristocracy and the fertile soil of Madrid. Another icon of Puerta del Sol is the plaque "Kilometre Zero" (Kilómetro Cero) on the pavement at the entrance of the House of the Post Office marking the center of the Spanish road network and the starting point from where all the Spanish most important distances are measured and the starting point of the main roads of Madrid such as Calle del Arenal, Calle de Alcalá, Calle Mayor, Calle Carretas and Calle Preciados.

On the night of December 31 Puerta del Sol is full of magic, a great emotion to wait and celebrate the arrival of midnight while eating 12 grapes with all the crowds in time with the 12 chimes (campanadas) of the Reloj, one on each stroke, locals and tourists can't miss this traditional night, a wonderful scene that can be seen live also on TV or on Internet.

Cam on-line since: 04/23/2014