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It is one of the most emblematic monuments in Madrid. It represents the Greek goddess of the earth, agriculture and fertility in her chariot pulled by lions. In her left hand she holds the key to the city.
This monument has been located in the square that gives it its name since 1782, between Paseo de Recoletos and Paseo del Prado. The fountain was commissioned by King Carlos III from the architect Ventura Rodríguez. Made of marble, the monument represents the goddess Cybele (Ceres for the Romans), symbol of the Earth, agriculture and fertility on a chariot pulled by lions.
Its initial location was next to the Palacio de Buenavista, on the Paseo de Recoletos, but in the late 19th century it was moved to its current location in the centre of the square. This square is also the site of the Banco de España building, the Palacio de Telecomunicaciones, the current headquarters of Madrid City Council, the Palacio de Linares and the Palacio de Buenavista. It is the starting point for such emblematic streets as Calle Alcalá, Paseo del Prado, Gran Via and Paseo de Recoletos.
La Cibeles also has a more recreational aspect in the sporting sphere, as Real Madrid fans have made it a centre for celebrating the victories of the white team.
Address: Calle Bailén s/n. (Metro: Ópera, Lines 2 and 5)