Saturday, June 16, 2007

Monuments of Madrid

Here are some of Madrid's famous monuments. This one is of Madrid's symbol, the bear and the strawberry tree. Madrid used to be very densely populated with brown bears, who loved to eat the wild strawberries. In a book on hunting, King Alfono XI stated: Madrid , un buen lugar de puerco y oso ( Madrid a good place for swine and bear). The bronze statue is near Plaza Mayor and weighs nearly 20 tons.

An equestrian monument to King Felipe II.

The Communications Palace.

A shot of Madrid center city and the biggest bank of the financial district.

This is a monument to Cristopher Columbus in Plaza Colon.

The Spanish flag flying in Plaza Colon.

The equestrian monument to King Carlo III.

This is just a beautiful hierro forjado or wrought iron gate in Madrid.

A shot of Retiro Park in central Madrid. The Retiro was originally built for the Spanish king Phillip IV and was opened to the general public in the 1800's.

This is Puerta de Alcala, a granite gate that was part of the old wall surrounding Madrid. It leads to the town of Alcala de Heneres.

A statue to Cristina de Bourbon.

The tomb of the unknown soldier.

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