Parque del Oeste (West Side Park) in Madrid

Parque del Oeste (West Side Park) in Madrid

Parque del Oeste (West Side Park), is located close to the Moncloa area, and to the southwest, almost reaching Plaza España, along the Paseo del Pintor Rosales, street.

Victory Arch or Puerta de la Moncloa, seen from the park.
Victory Arch or Puerta de la Moncloa, seen from the park.

Before 1893 , part of the area where this park is today, was the main landfill of Madrid. Early last century, around 1906, the Mayor Alberto Aguilera, asked Celedonio Rodrigáñez Vallejo, an agronomist, to design a park on this area.   After the Civil War, Cecilio Rodriguez followed, and was responsible for its reconstruction.

Parque del Oeste with Moncloa Lighthouse in the background.
Parque del Oeste with Moncloa Lighthouse in the background.

In northern most part of the park, near the University, and to the west of the Carretera de la Coruña , we can still see remnants of the Spanish Civil War, with some bunkers, as you can see in the photo. This part of the city was a battlefield during the war.

One of the Civil War Bunkers, that still can be seen at Parque del Oeste (West Park).
One of the Civil War Bunkers, that still can be seen at Parque del Oeste (West Park).

Today we enjoy a very nice forested area, with monuments and fountains as the one on the photo, called Juan de Villanueva.

Concepcion Arenal's Monument, at Parque del Oeste.
Concepcion Arenal’s Monument, at Parque del Oeste.

Also within this park is the Rose Garden , which contains a large number and variety of roses, which can be better seen in the spring time.

Juan de Villanueva, fountain.
Juan de Villanueva, fountain.

From the cable car station (Teleférico), which has its boarding on Paseo del Pintor Rosales, you can see great views of Madrid.

Parque del Oeste (West Park), Madrid
Parque del Oeste (West Park), Madrid

The Temple of Debod is in the most southern part of the park, near the Plaza España.

Pylons of the Debod Temple.
Pylons of the Debod Temple.
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