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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    • 4 days ago
    • Christine constable

    well there it is , the star on top.

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    • 1 week ago
    • PMM

    Just spotted two persons dressed up as Father Christmas (Mickey Mouse style) and Mother Christmas (Minny Mouse style), posing with people for photos.

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    • 1 week ago
    • PMM

    Sat 9 Nov. Well - missed the tree going up! Christmas has arrived here already.

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    • 1 week ago
    • MEL

    This tree looks a lot bigger when you are stood in the square and is beautiful at night when lit up,always busy here day or night.

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    • 1 week ago
    • Christine constable

    Looking forward to seeing the beautiful Christmas Sun tree again ,this is always a great cam

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Capture Sam

    6nov19--El árbol de Sol ( the sun tree ) , 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 35 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 amber is used now relating to the sun and fitting its name. EnJoy EnJoy

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Jake

    Christmas tree time!

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • MEL

    Always busy in the square.

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    • 2 months ago
    • Capture Sam

    27sep19-- ACTÚA, the Festival of culture and leisure promoted by SER - Radio Madrid {{ La Cadena SER (the SER Network) is Spain's premier radio network in terms of both seniority (it was created in 1924) and audience share (it had a regular listenership in 2018 of 4,139,000). The acronym SER stands for Sociedad Española de Radiodifusión (Spanish Broadcasting Company).}}, celebrates a new edition.
    Actúa has been held in the main European capitals for more than 30 years. Actúa is a festival that promotes local music, culture and art , offering artists a stage to make themselves known in their city. It offers the public a unique show, with a variety of performances and free of charge. Two days of live performances , during the day and night. This year, Actúa Madrid will be held on Saturday 28 September 2019 – Sunday 29 September 2019 - Puerta del Sol. A great stage will be dedicated to music and dance. Artists, soloists and groups of all styles, without any limitation.
    EnJoy EnJoy

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    • 2 months ago
    • Capture Sam

    22sep19 - 4th edition, The Challenge Madrid Triathlon will be held this Sunday, September 22 2019. It will start at around 2 pm and will end just at midnight. - WeAreTriathlon . EnJoy EnJoy

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • PMM

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

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    • 3 months 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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    • 3 months ago
    • Peter

    No sound for me, just a buzzing noise

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    • 3 months 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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    • 3 months ago
    • Bryan

    My birthday.

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    • 3 months ago
    • Capture Sam

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