Puerta de Madrid

Jardines del Buen Retiro

This is one of the large gates that closes the Retiro Park fence and was entrusted to the municipal architect José Urioste y Velada at the end of the 19th century in order to mark the beginning of the Paseo de Coches. It is located at the intersection of Calle Alcalá and Calle O’Donnell and provides access to the Paseo de Coches and Calle Duque de Fernán Núñez. This grandiose gate has two large openings to allow carriages to enter and exit, separated by three huge pillars.

The central pillar consists of a large independent column, in an eclectic style, with a capital crowned with acanthus leaves and fruit motifs, a base and pedestal and neck on the axis, whose centre includes a lamp with three arms bearing the coat of arms of Madrid made of cast iron and bronze. The side pillars, which are the same as each other, are square, with mouldings and medallions adorned with lion heads and garlands on the upper part and on the outer and inner faces. These pillars are crowned with smaller ones at the bases and topped with pine trees. The large gate has a small iron door for pedestrians, framed by pillars crowned by a segmental arch bearing the coat of arms of Madrid in the centre.

Jardines del Buen Retiro photograph