Cibeles Palace in Madrid is a lovely, neo-classical structure to admire when you’re from afar. In the afternoon, when the sun is setting, the facade is bathe in shimmering gold. From dawn to dusk, the palace is a thing of beauty in Madrid’s downtown core. Every time I passed by here last summer, this colossal architecture didn’t fail to make me stop and take a shot.
Don’t just stare at its facade. Go inside and up the terrace to see the the 360 degrees view of Madrid. But, don’t expect a spectacular view from up there. Just like any other building around here, this is not tall enough to see the whole city panorama.
From any angle outside, Cibeles Palace is a very photogenic edifice.
In front of the palace is the Cibeles Fountain with a goddess sitting on a chariot being pulled by two massive lions.
The view from above isn’t really impressive (because it’s not that tall) but it’s still worth checking out.
From above, you’ll see things that you’d never notice below. Like this.
Historical buildings can be seen from any point on top of the palace.
The building used be the country’s Communications Palace.
But, today, Cibeles Palace is used as Madrid City Hall.
When you’re done with the view, go down using the stairs.
Each floor presents a surprise for you. There are art exhibitions and interesting displays you shouldn’t miss.
Look up and down the columns, walls and roofs. They’re all wrapped in interesting carvings and designs.
I think the best time to visit here is either in the morning or at sundown.
If you want to see Madrid’s sunset from up there, you should check out Circulo Las Bellas Artes. It’s a walking distance from here.