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

Comments

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    • 1 month ago
    • PATTI

    A lot of people here today - are they protesting about Black Lives Matter, or something else?

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    • 2 months ago
    • Chris

    It's so good to see Spain awakening slowly...It's interesting to see there is a police van or an outrider never too far away, ensuring no one is abusing the rules. Viva Espana!

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    • 2 months ago
    • Douglas harries

    They must be so,relieved to get out

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Ray

    Busy time lapse for yesterday evening time, the whole of Madrid finally came out to play.

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Aleksandrovich Boris

    Это нормально. Это жизнь!

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Martyn

    Good to see people outside again

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Ray

    Impressive line up of emergency teams, in front of tv cameras, and the biggest red carpet I’ve ever seen

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Stephen Mitchell

    Well done to all the frontline people around the WORLD, without your help so many of
    us would not be watching online today. MANY THANKS

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Dave Harris

    Red carpet being installed and new road markings on time lapse today only, 02/05/20

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Andrew Hardaker

    Resurfacing the road on time lapse

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Peter

    If covid-19 is still out there, it can still be passed on!

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • roger

    In Spain under fourteens can go outside now, some good news at last.

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • anne brum

    thank you craig. I thought it was something like this, Gb them all. stay safe everyone and enjoy your trips around the world with skyline.

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Craig J

    colleagues*

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Craig J

    The emergency services did this to show support for their colleges and respect to the victims that have lost their lives. RIP

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • anne brum

    morning all, yes Barbara certainly was something going on. the time lapse shows it all. stay safe everyone and enjoy the world safely with skyline..