The Fountain in Puerta Del Sol, Madrid

Madrid, Madrid! I love this city! Although there was a discouraging thing that happened there, I still survived! I  believed that was God’s plan for me. Instead of working there,  He just gave me the chance to travel and see more sights. I am always thankful for challenges like this.

One of my favorite hang-out  was in Puerta del Sol, translated in English as “Gate of the Sun”.  It was my second visit in Madrid  last March 2012, where I stayed three long weeks in this city. Since the job did not materialized, I ended up traveling and did some sidetrips.

Taken during my visit last March 2012. ©
The fountain in Puerta del Sol. I miss the weather in this city during March. In Germany, it is still very  cold during this month. No wonder Spain is one of the favorite travel  destinations for Germany. You can see in the the old Post Office serves as the office of the President of Madrid, the head of the regional government of the Autonomous Community of Madrid (not to be confused with the Madrid City Council, which is housed elsewhere).

I observed that Puerta del Sol is one of the busiest place in Madrid. Yes, it is!  This is the centre (Km 0) of the radial network of Spanish roads. The square also contains the famous clock whose bells mark the traditional eating of the Twelve Grapes and the beginning of a new year.

The Puerta del Sol originated as one of the gates in the city wall that surrounded Madrid in the 15th century. Outside the wall, medieval suburbs began to grow around the Christian Wall of the 12th century. The name of the gate came from the rising sun which decorated the entry, since the gate was oriented to the east.

I never get bored when I was in Madrid. Almost everyday, I passed-by at Puerta del Sol because the  apartment I stayed is just located near this square.


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