Plaza Puerta del Sol (Gate of the Sun) is one of the best known and busiest places in Madrid, Spain. Located in the very heart of Madrid, this is the centre of the radial network of Spanish roads.

The Puerta del Sol originated as one of the gates in the city wall that surrounded Madrid in the 15th century. Outside the wall, medieval suburbs began to grow around the Christian Wall of the 12th century. The name of the gate came from the rising sun which decorated the entry, since the gate was oriented to the east.

The plaza is very often used for public demonstrations, rallies and protests, lately the protests have mostly been about the Spanish Government’s austerity measures, so the movable crowd control barriers (at bottom right) are a permanent fixture at the side of the plaza.

Two RAW images, individually Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro then PhotoMerged in Adobe Photoshop.

Camera: Sony NEX-7
Lens: Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC
Handheld

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  • fauselr
    fauselralmost 2 years ago

    Lovely

  • Thank you kindly Ray …

    – Tom Gomez

  • David Davies
    David Daviesalmost 2 years ago

    Super picture, Tom. Looks warm and comfortable.

  • Thank you David, it was the first week of October and the weather was wonderful …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Phil Thomson IPA
    Phil Thomson IPAalmost 2 years ago

    A beautiful Summery feel to it and those buildings look so grand, Tom !!!

  • Thank you kindly Phil …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownalmost 2 years ago

    Packs a knock out punch in super vibrant colour too Tom!

  • Always appreciated my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellalmost 2 years ago

    A fabulous image Tom . x

  • Thank you so much Irene …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...almost 2 years ago

    A most beautiful capture, with a very interesting narrative dear Tom.x

  • Thank you dear Catherine …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 2 years ago

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful !

  • Thank you so much Elfriede …

    – Tom Gomez

  • peaky40
    peaky40almost 2 years ago

    Excellent capture Tom!

  • Thank you kindly Roy …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Thea 65
    Thea 65almost 2 years ago

    Beautiful picture!

  • Thank you kindly Thea …

    – Tom Gomez

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