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Activities for Madrid
Alfonso and Christa
Parque del Retiro
Pre-teen (9-12yrs)
Art Historian
Art Expert for a Day
Art Historian
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
Pre-teen (9-12yrs)

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Activities while visiting Alcalá Gate
Artist in Residence
Coat of Arms
Artist in Residence
Alcalá Gate
Pre-teen (9-12yrs)
The Puerta de Alaca is a magnificent granite structure built in the late 18th century. King Carlos III wanted it to be an impressive entrance to the city. The structure is made up of several giant arches. There are a number of statues on top and above the main arch, and there is a royal coat of arms, carved in stone. It is supported by two other carved figures--a genie and a figure representing fame.

Many important aristocratic families in Europe had a coat of arms, and the idea is still used in many modern institutions such as universities. In this activity, you will be closely observing the royal coat of arms and then creating your own color drawing of it.