La Moncloa, and the Air Force Headquarters

La Moncloa, and the Air Force Headquarters

La Moncloa is an important area of the city of Madrid , as a node for the public transport, being so close to the Complutense University of Madrid, as one of the main entrances to the city, from the Northwest by highway La Coruña, and also since it is close to the Parque del Oeste (Westside Park).

Spanish Air Force Headquarters - Ejército del Aire
Spanish Air Force Headquarters – Ejército del Aire

The most important building in Moncloa is the Air Force Headquarter, which previously was known as the Ministerio del Aire (Air Ministry).

Between 1939-1977, this ministry was in charge of both, military and civil aviation. Today it is the headquarters of the Air Force.

Portico to Honor of the Air Force
Portico to Honor of the Air Force

It was built at the end of the Civil War, where once stood the Model Prison of Madrid . In 1977, during the government of Adolfo Suarez, the three armies, Air Force, Army and Navy, were merged to form the Ministry of Defence.

Building of the former headquarters of the Air Ministry
Building of the former headquarters of the Air Ministry

Nearby, is Arco de la Victoria (Arch of Victory), also built as a gateway to the Carretera de La Coruña, and a nearby building called “For The Fallen In Madrid”, which now houses the Municipal Board of Moncloa – Aravaca.

Arco de la Victoria, también llamado Puerta de la Moncloa
Arco de la Victoria, también llamado Puerta de la Moncloa

Because of its resemblance to the Monastery of El Escorial , madrilians of the time, graciously called Ministerio del Aire, the “Monastery of the Air”.

La Moncloa transport exchanger, is an important urban and intercity public transport facility, with its Metro station, and the interregional bus station.

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