The Alcala Gate is a neoclassical granite gate with three large archways and two smaller, rectangular passageways designed by the Italian architect Sabatini. Each of the archways is decorated with a lion's head, sculpted by Roberto Michel. The top of the gate is decorated with statues by Francisco Guttiérrez. Construction of the gate took 9 years; it was finally completed in 1778. In the 19th century, the Puerta de Alcalá was moved to its current location at the Plaza de la Independencia, adjacent to the Parque del Buen Retiro, Madrid's centrally located park.