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

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Orcas

    Those LED Rocket Copters that people are shooting into the sky look cool. I got a couple for the kids.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Gert

    Thanks Alexander.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Christopher

    it's almost 4:00am in the morning but there are still people walking around the main square, that's great!. Madrid looks very pretty and peaceful at night.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Ana Delgado

    Jan Valenta Football, The real madrid players are there

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Jan Valenta

    Does anyone know what a demonstration is?

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • Alexander

    Gert, they are demonstrating in favour of protection of women against murder

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • drxdrxdrxdrx

    @webcam_administrators: Why is the webcam overlooking the Tio Pepe sign OFFLINE yet again? What exactly is the problem with that webcam while the other Madrid Cams are working perfectly fine, and never seem to be down?

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    • 1 month ago
    • Gert

    And all of the scaffolding is gone as quick as it came?

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    • 1 month ago
    • Gert

    Looks like they setting up for something, I wonder what it is?

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    • 1 month ago
    • Lynne Scobbie

    Apparently there is a protest camp under the banner 'Real Democracy Now' since May 15

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    • 1 month ago
    • Gert

    Does anybody know what that is on the ground in front of those little tents?

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    • 2 months ago
    • Lynne Scobbie

    2nd May - Day of Autonomous Community of Madrid celebrations, looks like there's going to be a big parade

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    • 2 months ago
    • Ferry

    The 2 de Mayo (02 May) Fiesta, is a fiesta celebrated by the community of Madrid in remembrance of their defeat over Napoleon's invasion in the 1800s. This page gives you information about where to find the heart of the festivities, which are infamous for being amongst the most exuberant of all the fiestas in Madrid.

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    • 2 months ago
    • Neil

    Looks like another event about to go ahead or I have missed it?

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