Saturday, July 5, 2008

Fountains of Madrid

I've been to Madrid 3 or 4 times and i've a lot of cards from there. It's a nice city. Actually i'm as far from Madrid as i'am from Lisbon, i'm exactly in the middle! I'm just 30 minutes away from the spanish border but i spend several months without crossing it.

This is Cibeles Fountain - "Fuente de Cibeles" - located at the center of the Cibeles Square.
"This fountain, named after Cibele (or Ceres), roman goddess of nature, is seen as one of Madrid's most important symbols. The Cibeles fountain depicts the goddess in a chariot pulled by two lions. The fountain was built between 1777 and 1782 by Ventura Rodriguez. Whenever Real Madrid wins a cup, fans flock around the fountain to celebrate." - in

"Neptune's Fountain stands in green and peaceful Plaza Cánovas del Castillo, a totally different atmosphere from the hurly-burly surrounding its sister fountain up the road, Cibeles. Carlos III had it built by Ventura Rodríguez in 1780 as part of his continuous quest to beautify the city. You'll find two upmarket hotels in the same square - Ritz and Palace - as well as the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Atlético de Madrid football fans meet here to celebrate their team's victories with rowdy high spirits." - in:,23493/11/record.html

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