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

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    • 8 hours ago
    • Capture Sam

    The red/white/red/white tarp which was folded over to the side yesterday has been removed and the scaffolding is being dismantled, The Royal House will look magnificent for the illumination of El árbol de Sol ( the sun tree ). eh?

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    • 14 hours ago
    • Gert

    11-22-17 08:35 Looks like the facade has been finished and they have moved around the corner.

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    • 22 hours ago
    • Capture Sam

    21nov17- the Royal House is looking Royal tonight, illuminated without the scaffolding in front, eh?

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    • 2 days ago
    • Capture Sam

    20nov17--'photos' image of 20nov17 Kilometre Zero shows (Location from which distances from Madrid are measured, the plaque is located in front of the clock of the Royal House, it is the centre of the radial network of Spanish roads. << from 'info tag' ) : : : The red/white/red/white corner tarp is going away YAY!

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    • 3 days ago
    • Ruby

    Same to you Sharron.

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    • 3 days ago
    • Sharron Reynolds

    Thank you Ruby .. I thought it was some kind of demonstration. Enjoy your day. :)

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    • 4 days ago
    • Bosnyák Károly

    Oops, I've been suspicious too! ;)
    2014/11/19 08:02

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    • 4 days ago
    • Capture Sam

    a correction : The tree is 35 meters high! oops,

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    • 4 days ago
    • Corinne Maas

    some people are doing acrobatics,,,

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    • 4 days ago
    • Capture Sam

    Mikulás too

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    • 4 days ago
    • Capture Sam

    18nov17-- El árbol de Sol ( the sun tree ) , from searching and translating ( translating is better than nothing but ... ) this is what I think I understand, in 2013 the sun tree was 28 meters tall and 10 meters across its base with 4 openings through which people loved to take photographs. Each level of the tree contains lighting. Over the years the tree has grown ( lol ), the sun tree is now 30 meters tall. The costs of the tree are funded through a lottery , numbers from a barrel are given out for a donation, the barrel is set up near El árbol de Sol . There have been different colours used , blue and green for its illumination but I think ( could be wrong ) the amber is used now relating to the sun and fitting its name. I can't see people walking through the tree now but maybe that was never allowed, just openings through which photographs were taken. @ Bosnyák Károly I did see Julenissen too. This side of the fountain.

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    • 4 days ago
    • Bosnyák Károly

    I see the first Santa Claus! /near the fountain/
    17/11/2017 17:55

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    • 4 days ago
    • Ruby

    Apparently the demo earlier was by Spanish police protesting about pay and conditions.

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    • 4 days ago
    • Sharron Reynolds

    Gosh! now there is chanting and whistles - more like a protest.

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.

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