Wednesday, August 17

Almeida opens to “reflect” on pedestrianizing the Puerta de Alcalá “in the framework of the Landscape of Light”


The beginning of the preliminary study for the great restoration of the Puerta de Alcalá in 2023, motivated in large part by the effects of traffic (in addition to the possible damage caused by Filomena), once again puts the discussion on a public space less tied to the car and more friendly to the pedestrian. This is what happens in environments such as the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and in this sense they point reforms such as the Champs Elysées in Paris.

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In the absence of concrete measures, the mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, has not ruled out any specific action in this regard. Some statements made in the presentation of the visits to the Puerta de Alcalá, open to the public during the period in which the monument will remain under study and reform.

“The reflections that must be made around the Puerta de Alcalá have to be done within the general framework of reflection on the Landscape of Light”, said the mayor in response to questions from Somos Madrid, without going into further details. Almeida has influenced what the consistory considers a priority: “The diagnosis of its condition and later the restoration”.

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Starting Wednesday, July 27 at 10:00 a.m. the City Council portal enables reservations of the guided tours to climb the Puerta de Alcalá during its restoration. They will begin this same July 30, and will continue every Saturday and Sunday in August. The goal is to increase the number of sessions in September, although for now the maximum number of visitors who will be able to see these performances up close has been set at 5,200.

A unique and free opportunity to contemplate for 50 minutes the improvements applied to an urban icon of Madrid that is finally spruced up again. Now it remains to be seen whether the Madrid city council will continue to watch over it once its set-up is complete, or on the contrary, the Almeida government will end up closing the door that it has left ajar today.





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