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  Landmarks

This plaza is the heart of Madrid and one of the busiest places in the city - a hub for the local transit system, a favorite meeting spot for locals, a visible area for festivals or political demonstrations, and a opportune location for tour guides, street performers, pickpockets and anyone else looking to take advantage of all the tourists on hand. In the center of the plaza sits the Statue of King Charles III on horseback, facing the Royal Post Office (Real Casa de Correos), the red-and-white building adorned with a clock tower on the plaza's south side. Originally the building served as Madrid's first post office, then the police headquarters under Franco before being transformed into it's current use as the office of the President of Madrid, the head of the regional government. The clock tower is noteworthy for being the center focus of New Year's celebrations every year, which are broadcast across Spain and mark the traditional eating of the Twelve Grapes (one for each ring of the bell) and the beginning of a new year. In front of the building is Kilometer Zero (Kilómetro Cero), a plaque showing the point where the measuring of national highway system begins. On the east side of the plaza is the famous Bear and the Madroño Tree Statue, a bear climbing a madroño tree, which is the symbol of Madrid, and on the west side of the plaza is the Mariblanca statue, a white marble goddess of at least the XVII century. Nearby the giant neon Tío Pepe sign sits above the plaza and is a famous fixture of this area.

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Puerta del Sol and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Museo del Prado

Museo del Prado(1 km)
The Prado Museum showcases one of the finest art collections in the world, and the best collection of classical art in Madrid.

Templo de Debod

Templo de Debod(1.5 km)
An Egyptian temple, located in one of Madrid's most beautiful parks.

Reina Sofía National Museum and Art Center

Reina Sofía National Museum and Art Center(1.2 km)
Houses Madrid's best collection of modern art.

Plaza de Cibeles

Plaza de Cibeles(0.9 km)
A massive roundabout at the intersection of Calle de Alcala and Paseo del Prado, this plaza houses one of Madrid's emblems, the Fountain of Cibeles, which portrays the Roman goddess of fertility sitting upon a chariot pulled by two lions.

Palacio Real

Palacio Real(0.9 km)
The Palacio Real (Royal Palace) is an enormous palace, one of the biggest in Europe, with scorching plains of concrete around it.

Buen Retiro Park

Buen Retiro Park(1.6 km)
The Buen Retiro Park has some of Madrid’s best gardens and is a favourite retreat of locals.

Museo de Lazaro Galdiano

Museo de Lazaro Galdiano(2.6 km)
This museum houses the stunning collection of Spanish entrepreneur José Lázaro Galdiano (1862-1947) and is considered to be one of the best private collections in Spain.

Catedral de la Almudena

Catedral de la Almudena(0.9 km)
This massive cathedral faces the Palacio Real.

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