In the summer of 2021 UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) honored Spain's capital city with its first World Heritage Site designation, elevating Madrid to the ranks of destinations with districts or monuments worth preserving for future generations (the larger Madrid community surrounding the capital already had UNESCO sites, including the royal complexes of El Escorial and Aranjuez, which make marvelous day trips). Built by Italian archtitect Francesco Sabatini, the neoclassical Puerta de Alcalá was inaugurated in 1778.

Read more in my post Landscape of Light: Celebrating Madrid's Very First UNESCO World Heritage Site.

José Balido



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