Madrid’s Puerta de Alcalá is a monumental archway that once led into the city. It predates its Parisian counterpart by over 50 years and is considered to be the first post-Roman monumental arch. Built in 1778, the arch was originally one of 5 gates in the former city walls; its name comes from the fact that it was constructed on the road that led to the nearby town to Alcalá de Henares. The gate was commissioned by King Charles III to add grandeur to what was at the time quite a rundown city. It was designed by Francisco Sabatini, who also worked on the Royal Palace and the Basilica de San Francisco el Grande. This bronzed vintage casting on marble base was made in 1978 for the 200-year anniversary of the opening of the structure. The detailed non magnetic metal casting rests on its marble base, some signs of age, designer/makers mark present and clear. Size: 29 cm x 12 cm x 19 cm. £85.00 Postage can be arranged for this item at separate cost
Vintage Mid Century bronzed casting of Puerta de Alcalá Madrid.