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If you are taking a taxi from the airport to the center of Madrid, you will likely past through the roundabout at Plaza de la Independencia.
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In the center of the plaza sits the impressive Puerta de Alcalá. This large granite structure used to be a main entrance gate to Madrid from the city of Alcalá de Henares.

Dating from the 18th century, the Puerta de Alcalá was built by order of Carlos III.

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