On the east side of Puerta del Sol, in the heart of Madrid, is a statue entitled El Oso y El Madroño – The Bear and the Strawberry Tree – and this forms the heraldic symbol (Coat of Arms) of Madrid. Until 2009, the statue stood on the north side at the entrance to Calle del Carmen.
This statue of King Carlos III (1716-1768) is in Puerta del Sol, one of the most famous squares in Madrid. The statue, in bronze, was made by Miguel Ángel Rodríguez and Eduardo Zancada in 1994 and is a replica of a smaller statue sculpted by Juan Pascual de Mena in the 18th century.
This equestrian statue of King Philip III in the centre of Plaza Mayor, Madrid, dates back to 1616, although it was not placed in the square until 1848. Maybe the square wasn’t zoned for equestrian statues under the PGOU equivalent of the time, who knows?
Plaza Mayor in Madrid is a huge square built during the reign of Philip III, 1598–1621, measuring 129 metres × 94 metres with 237 balconies facing the Plaza and a total of nine entrances.
I have only been to Madrid a couple of times, relatively short visits, but was immediately taken with the place.
We don’t get many buskers, dancers or street artists of any description any more on the south coast of Spain as they now have to have licences, attend auditions and generally jump through numerous administrative hoops before being allowed to perform.
I like the way the guy in shorts moves round to try and work out how it is being done, even removing his hat and sunglasses to see if that helps.
Two large bronze heads, three metres high and weighing 2,000 kilos each, adorn the entrance to Atocha railway station in Madrid, Spain.
The church of San Ginés de Arlés, located in calle Arenal, Madrid, is one of the oldest in the city and dates back to around the ninth century.