miércoles, febrero 07, 2007

Cibeles, yes!


I'm sure this huge and beautiful fountain is familiar with you.. at least if you're a little familiar with Madrid' culture. So this is "La Cibeles", a main touristic point of the city (and a simbol for Madrid citizens)... and there you see a japanese tourist too. I was there this morning and can't avoid taking a photo for you ;) I think this kind of Madrid is really beautiful and I'll show you more pics these days.
"La Cibeles" fountain was made in marble and finished in 1792, so as you can imagine a lot of history has passed trough its eyes.

Estoy segura de que esta fuente tan grande y hermosa os sonará bastante... al menos si conoceis algo típico de Madrid. Es la fuente de la Cibeles, un punto turístico muy importante y un símbolo para los madrileños... y aquí también veis un turista japonés. Pasé por allí esta mañana y no pude evitar fotografiar esta zona de Madrid que tanto me gusta, asi que os iré mostrando algunas fotos estos días.
La fuente de La Cibeles está hecha de mármol y se acabó su construcción en 1792, por lo que como podeís imaginar, mucha historia de la ciudad ha pasado frente a sus ojos.

Listening to Joaquín Sabina Pongamos que hablo de Madrid

Carraol, from México, show us how mexican Cibeles is in this link

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At 7/2/07 07:19, Blogger Lavender Lady said...

It is beautiful! And what is the very impressive building in the background?

 
At 7/2/07 07:39, Anonymous Mme Benaut said...

Beautiful photo, beautiful fountain (fountains seem to be popular lately with Ame and M.Benaut too). Ditto the question about the building in the background? It is stunning also. Madrid looks magnificent.

 
At 7/2/07 08:26, Anonymous santy said...

wow... such a beautiful place. I'd be happy to just hang around there all day! :)

 
At 7/2/07 08:34, Blogger Carraol said...

Magnificent fountain, here in Mexico City exists a replica, was a donation of the Madrid mayor's office in 1980.
Link

 
At 7/2/07 11:01, Blogger Meg in Nelson said...

And the building in the background is magnificent! Interesting story about Mexico City, too. Wow.

 
At 7/2/07 12:16, Anonymous NATRITENSIS said...

¿Conoces la historia de los leones? a ver si tengo un rato y lo pongo en mi blog.
Mucha gente no sabe la historia de esos pobres leones, Hipómenes y Atalanta, que es así como se llaman, fueron amantes y se les ocurrió hacer el amor en una gruta que estaba dedicada a la diosa Cibeles, ésta se enfadó y mira, ahí están los pobres.
Saludos

 
At 7/2/07 12:17, Blogger ~tanty~ said...

Wow! beautiful fountain! Love an old building behind it too.

 
At 7/2/07 12:22, Blogger Dsole said...

Hi everybody!
the building in the background is "Palacio de las Comunicaciones", built in 1909, which was the headquarters of the Spanish Postal Service (Correos y Telégrafos) and will be the new town hall of Madrid!
Thank u for the link, Carraol!

 
At 7/2/07 12:25, Blogger Dsole said...

Natriensis, leí algo ayer sobre los símbolos de la fuente, pero no llegué a conocer el pasado oculto de los 2 leones... Si cuentas la historia, la leeré gustosamente. :)
Gracias por parar por aquí!

 
At 7/2/07 12:28, Blogger Oya said...

I realized, I like the photos of historical places most. That building at the background is stunning. We have still fountains in Istanbul. Not downtown of course, in Buyukada. This is an island, 30-40 minutes away from Istanbul. People have their sommer houses there. I owe you a photo on them, but when it's get a little warmer..

 
At 7/2/07 12:30, Blogger Oya said...

Dsole , me again. I have a special request from you. I would love to see a tapas bar and the food served there. If you go some time, please take some pictures ....

 
At 7/2/07 13:21, Blogger Strujac Alexandru said...

i like the fountain and that lions and the carriage...and yes that`s a gull from my picture

 
At 7/2/07 15:54, Blogger Olivier said...

superbe photo, tres belle fontaine.


superb photograph, very beautiful fountain.

 
At 7/2/07 19:42, Blogger photowannabe said...

Wonderful picture of the fountain and I look forward to learning more about your city.

 
At 7/2/07 23:34, Blogger isabella said...

Beautiful! I've only been to Barcelona, but on the next trip we'll visit Madrid, for sure.
(What does "la Cibeles" mean?)

 
At 8/2/07 00:52, Blogger Dsole said...

Oya, I take your request ;)

Isabella, it's the greek name of an original Phrygian goddess that means "she of the hair"... there is a lot of mythology behind it... if you want to know more, here is the wikipedia link :)

 
At 8/2/07 10:48, Blogger angela said...

Why is it that fountains are often used as roundabouts so you can't stand and look because of the traffic?
The building behind is very imposing. Thanks for the information.
Angela

 
At 8/2/07 12:22, Blogger Dsole said...

well, that's true Angela, but that's the way to avoid people go into de fountain too... when Real Madrid CF wins anykind of championship, traffic is cut there because this is the place to celebrate the event. In one occasion, some vandals broke one hand of Cibeles... it's sad people doing that kind of things.

 
At 8/2/07 17:03, Blogger Dave said...

I love old buildings, nice shot.

 
At 8/2/07 19:55, Anonymous ruth said...

Elegant! I want to visit Madrid. Never been to Spain. Thank you for the photo introductions.

 
At 10/2/07 01:23, Blogger The Wellspring said...

beautiful - I simply MUST go to Madrid someday...

 

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