El Oso y El Madroño, Madrid

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.

El Oso y El Madroño, Madrid

The statue is work of the sculptor Antonio Navarro Santafé (1906-1983) and was officially inaugurated in 1967. It is made of stone and bronze, weighs approximately 20 tonnes and stands 4 metres tall. It rests on a cube of granite..

The first appearance of a wild bear and a strawberry tree is on the coat of arms of the city in the 13th century.