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Notes on the Geography of Spain: Madrid: Photo 43

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Two hundred meters farther up Alcala, this is the Puerta de la Independencia, completed in 1778 by Francisco de Sabatini, the same who two years later would finish the facade of San Francisco el Grande. The gate was built in honor of Charles III, who had become king in 1758 and who had arrived in Madrid along this route a year later. The gate had no defensive purpose, and although it replaced an earlier one, even that earlier one had been part of a wall that, in Ford's words, "might be jumped over by a tolerably active Remus."

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