Along with Cibeles, Neptuno is one of the most majestic and beautiful fountains in Madrid. Both gods have occupied their prominent posts in the hierarchy of Greek mythology and also compete during football tournaments, since the fans of the Atlético de Madrid celebrate their joys in the plaza where the Sea god abides, while those of the Real Madrid at the Cybeles.
As part of the original project by Ventura Rodríguez, both fountains were made to face each other across the Paseo del Prado. Neptune, just like his rival, also went through renovations at the end of the 19th century, and was moved to the place it finally occupies in the plaza Canovas del Castillo. In the sculpture, Neptune emerges on his carriage shaped like a shell and pulled by two horses or hippocampuses symbolizing storms and a raging sea. In this square are located the Prado Museum, the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum and the emblematic hotels Palace and Ritz.