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

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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

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • LynnD

    Hi Chris, thanks very much. Regards LynnD :)))

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Peter

    Be some bad hangovers this morning!

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Chris

    LynnD: Approx 5kms.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Capture Sam

    1jun19--The ball game has not started yet. (15:27 ) local time. EnJoy EnJoy

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • LynnD

    Hi Skyline watchers, does anyone know how far from the Football Stadium is this camera . Thanks LynnD

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Muffin

    Thanks for that Vicky

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Barry

    At least the footie is over. Now people can enjoy themselves.

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • Vicky

    @Muffin: The UEFA Champions League Final will be played in Madrid this weekend at the Wanda Metropolitano ;)
    "The 2019 UEFA Champions League Final will be the final match of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League, the 64th season of Europe's premier club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 27th season since it was rebranded the UEFA Champions League. It will be played at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, Spain on 1 June 2019, between English sides Tottenham Hotspur, in their first European Cup final, and Liverpool, in their ninth final overall and their second in a row, having been defeated by Real Madrid in 2018."

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • Muffin

    Could somebody please tell me what is happening here.

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • Capture Sam

    24may19--An exciting time to be in Madrid. EnJoy EnJoy

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Jane Calveley-Gibbons

    Helen It's Madrid day today so there are parades, street parties and celebrations all over the city. This looks like the preparation for the formal event

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Helen Field

    Anyone know what they are preparing for?

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    • 2 months ago
    • Eduardo Araujo Novais

    como faço para morar em madri ? o que é preciso ? alguem pode me ajudar , tenho um sonho de morar na europa e refazer minha vida com minha família. Quem puder me da dicas e que more não so em madri mais na europa em geral sobre trabalho etc ficarei muito agradecido

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • Anna

    Обичам Мадрид!

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    • 3 months ago
    • Capture Sam

    ☘️17mar19☘️-- 5 pm. A third circle of people enjoying the square was formed around a few Street Performers. Photo-op characters are working the plaza. Busy, but, not overcrowded. A Thank You to our 'live-cam host, -- PUERTA DEL SOL ROOMS - MADRID SPAIN

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    • 3 months ago
    • bosika

    It was a super match! The result is a surprise: 1-4
    05/03/19 23.00