Cibeles is the Roman goddess of nature.  The fountain in the plaza (Fuente de la Cibeles) is one of the more famous landmarks in Madrid and is considered to be one of its symbols.  The fountain shows Cibeles sitting in a chariot drawn by two lions.  The fountain was designed in the 18th century. 

Going south from the Plaza de Cibeles you will encounter the Fuente de Apolo (Fountain of Apollo) and the Fuente de Neptuno (Fountain of Neptune).

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In the background is the Banco de Espaņa.  This shows the front of the statue. In the background is Palacio de Linares.  This shows the back of the statue.

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