Madrid - Puerta del Sol live cam
Great 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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    • 3 weeks ago
    • PMM

    26.08.19. Not very often the weather is heaps better in the UK today than here!

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    • 1 month ago
    • Bryan

    Yea. Tell me Sam. Couldn't make it to the first one( my 21st birthday) and certainly not able to make this one Many thanks for the greeting though.
    Kind regards
    Bryan

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    • 1 month ago
    • Peter

    No sound for me, just a buzzing noise

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    • 1 month ago
    • Capture Sam

    13aug19--Bryan, Happy Happy! ( yes yes a couple daze early) . 50 years ago on August 15 - ( 1969 ) Woodstock ! ! - This year at the same location where 'Woodstock' was held ( the location - Max Yasgur's farm ) is holding a 50th year celebration, with headliner - Mr. 'Ringo Starr' - Sir Richard Starkey MBE. how kewl is dat? Tickets are still availible. EnJoy EnJoy

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    • 1 month ago
    • Bryan

    My birthday.

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    • 1 month ago
    • Capture Sam

    5aug19-- The next national holiday is : Aug 15Thursday . EnJoy EnJojooooy

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Capture Sam

    9jul19--I wonder why LynnD would need to know the distance? , but the exact distance : 5.63 mi (9.06 km)--- from Wanda Metropolitano Stadium---to Puerta del Sol, Madrid, Spain. That distance is as the crow flies. Street navigation is ~ 10% more. - - EnJoy EnJoy

  • avatar
    • 4 months ago
    • LynnD

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

  • avatar
    • 4 months ago
    • Peter

    Be some bad hangovers this morning!

  • avatar
    • 4 months ago
    • Chris

    LynnD: Approx 5kms.

  • avatar
    • 4 months ago
    • Capture Sam

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

  • avatar
    • 4 months ago
    • LynnD

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

  • avatar
    • 4 months ago
    • Muffin

    Thanks for that Vicky

  • avatar
    • 4 months ago
    • Barry

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

  • avatar
    • 4 months 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."

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    • 4 months ago
    • Muffin

    Could somebody please tell me what is happening here.