One of Madrid’s most recognizable landmarks, and a dropping-off point for
tour buses, this roundabout is dominated by the former Palacio de Comunicaciones (CentroCentro;) and by
its famous
fountain of Cibeles. Built in 1782, the fountain depicts the Roman goddess of fertility and agriculture on a
sturdy chariot drawn by two lions. Originally it had a practical function, with standpipes providing water for the city
and for horses to drink. In recent times it has become notorious as the spot where Real Madrid fans gather to celebrate

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their team’s many triumphs. They used to climb on top and drape the goddess with scarves, but following damage to
the marble statue, it’s now boarded up on big match days. The
fountain of Neptune, just along the Paseo del Prado,
serves the same function for fans of Real’s archrivals, Atlético Madrid.