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September 15, 2019

Museo Sorolla, Madrid of course!

And back to the cultural trail in my beloved Madrid. I believe my mother took me here many years ago…. but in my rounds with my young men sons decided to give them an instroduction to Spanish culture and visits to museums is the best way of it. Especially so Spanish as the Sorolla Museum of Madrid. Therefore here is my take on it and my sons were impressed!!! A bit long post but worth it me think, hope you enjoy it !


The Sorolla Museum is a Spanish state museum located in a palace of the Paseo del General Martínez Campos, no. 37 a site that would serve as a workshop and housing for Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida with his wife and three children. The building was built in 1911, built with the wishes of the painter to create a space that merged the work area and his home and also had a garden space. The house retains the original atmosphere of many of the spaces, in addition to housing a wide collection of Sorolla’s works, as well as numerous objects that he collected as a collector during his life. It is also one of the best preserved artist houses in Europe! Indeed!


A bit of history I like

The creation of a museum in the building that served as a family home, was the idea and express desire of Clotilde García del Castillo, Sorolla’s wife, as recorded in her 1925 will, where she gave the house and her collection of works to the Spanish State in order to perpetuate the memory of her husband.  On May 29, 1931, the Board of Trustees would be created to ensure that the ends of the newly instituted Foundation came to fruition. This was initially composed by the children of Sorolla; María, Joaquín and Elena; representatives of various state institutions; the Head of State, who held the presidency; the Minister of Public Instruction and Fine Arts; as well as the president of the Hispanic Society of America, for which the painter had made one of the most ambitious projects of all his artistic production.

On July 26, 1945, the first floor rooms would be opened to the public for the first time after a previous rehabilitation. These corresponded with the personal rooms of the marriage and the children. Joaquín Sorolla García , the then director (and son of painter) of the Sorolla Museum, commented that precisely because of their intimate nature they had wanted to give a purely intimate and familiar flavor, hence the family’s portraits, painter’s belongings or medals won in Its many exhibitions.   Joaquin Sorolla García died on March 2, 1948 and as expressed in his will, his properties went to the Museum Foundation and three years later, by a Ministerial Order of July 16, 1951, his legacy is accepted and added to that of his mother, adding 156 more works to the Foundation’s funds. The direction was assumed by Francisco Pons-Sorolla, grandson of the painter and son of María Sorolla García and Francisco Pons Arnau. Under his administration a room dedicated to the drawings, gouache and watercolors of the Valencian artist (Sorolla) would be created and the first catalog of the Museum, Life and Work of Joaquín Sorolla, by Bernardino de Pantorba would be published. It is not until 1990 that the museum participates in an international project for the first time since its establishment, the Zorn-Sorolla exhibition, inaugurated on November 7, 1991 in Sweden and which would later be taken to the Sorolla Museum itself on March 4 of 1992. Since then, the division, on the one hand, of the Sorolla Museum that would depend on the Ministry of Education and Culture (see webpage now Culture and Sports) and on the other, the Foundation, which would continue its path as a Private Cultural Foundation.

A bit on the house I like

On November 17, 1905 Sorolla acquired  the first land of the house,  that corresponds to the living and study area, as well as the back garden. Four years later, in 1909, he would buy the surrounding land, giving him additional space to expand his studio and build the rest of the garden. Thus, the construction of the house would begin as early as 1910 and would extend until 1919, although it is known that the family would begin to inhabit it already in 1911.

The house is built around two floors, to which is added the already named garden level. The main floor or noble floor, has two accesses, the main and the other side. This floor also houses the painter’s three studios and the living-dining room, all illuminated through large windows that fill the rooms with abundant light, just as he wanted. Through this level the basement was accessed, where the kitchen and other units were located among which was the home of the guardians. For its part, the first floor corresponded to the most intimate area, where the bedrooms of both the family and the staff of the house were located. Finally, the garden, which is divided into three different spaces, was the painter’s work in its design and layout

To enable the building as a museum, much of its internal structuring was renovated, except for part of the ground floor. Thus, the rooms currently corresponding to (map layout in the museum)  I, II and III, at the time formed the three studies of the painter. Room I was used as a warehouse, II for the exhibition of works by the artist and room III was the studio itself. This room communicated with the family area, which corresponds to a room that communicates with the main entrance of the house, today leaving the museum; a room that precedes the lunch room and a staircase that leads to the first floor, where temporary exhibitions are currently held rooms from IV to VI. From this, through another staircase, you access the second floor, service area at first, then Joaquín Sorolla García’s room since 1941, after which in 1982 it would be used as the museum offices and currently, as a place where the workshops organized by the institution are developed. For their part, the gardens have remained true to how they were at the time in which the family lived in the house thanks to the restorations carried out between 1986 and 1991. The Andalusian style would be especially present in this space. The Alhambra of Granada ,and the Alcazar of Sevilla were the monuments that would most inspire the painter in his eagerness to design the exterior space of his home. For this company, Sorolla was made with different elements such as fountains, tiles, columns, statues, plants and trees, all from Andalusia.


The collections! Fantastic !!! love it!!! Some photos as again memory in the blog!

The museum’s collections are composed of works by Sorolla himself, personal belongings, as well as many others that he collected during his life as a collector. Similarly, among the collection are works by his closest relatives, such as his daughters Maria and Helena Sorolla, and his son-in-law, Francisco Pons Arnau. Most of this comes from the legacy and donations made by the painter’s own relatives, such as his wife and three children.

The painting collection is the most representative of the museum with 1294 works by Sorolla, which cover different themes and formats, such as his famous color notes, preparatory paintings he made as a study prior to the realization of a larger format work. It also has 164 works by other painters such as Aureliano de Beruete, Anders Zorn or Martín Rico Ortega


The drawings collection of 4985 drawings made by Sorolla includes designs for the facade of the building, its gardens or interiors of the house, as well as charcoals from the painter’s daily life. They are usually quick notes of the natural that he takes for entertainment or as ideas prior to his paintings


The sculpture collection is composed of 289 works from different eras and mainly of Spanish origin that enriched the family’s home. Its origin is unknown, although there is evidence that some were gifts made to Sorolla himself. Pieces of Rodin, Troubetzkoy as well as friends of the artist such as Mariano Benlliure, Josep Clarà, Miguel Blay, José Capuz or his daughter, Elena Sorolla stand out

The ceramic collection that houses the Sorolla house-museum is a clear testimony of the painter’s taste for this type of element. This inclination could be due to the artist’s Levantine origins, as well as the constant trips he made to southern Spain to carry out his commission for the Hispanic Society, which led him to use ceramic tiles, plates and vases in the decoration of his own housing In addition, this collection offers a broad view of peninsular ceramics from the 15C to the 20C, with works by peers such as Daniel Zuloaga or Mariano Benlliure

The collection of jewels consists of 269 pieces, among which are popular jewels from different regions of Spain, with the Valencian jewelery being the one with the greatest presence. Likewise, it also includes pieces of Berber origin as a result of family trips

This textile collection is mainly made up of those pieces acquired by Sorolla in her travels for the commission of the Hispanic Society and which mostly correspond to traditional clothing from different regions of the 19C and 20C. It also includes the family’s household furniture and other fragments of ancient fabrics acquired by the painter during his life


The furniture collection consists of 184 pieces that served the family in their home and that are mostly preserved in situ. As the tastes of the time marked, this is characterized by its eclectic character, in this way you can find furniture of varied invoice dating from the twelfth century, as well as other elements of modernist cut such as lamps that light different rooms, designed by Louis Confort Tiffany, or the Arabic-style canopy bed that was in the painter’s studio



In the Sorolla Museum’s collections there are valuable personal belongings to both the painter and the family. These respond to different natures, so that we can find from Sorolla’s own belongings, such as their brushes, palettes or medals obtained in different national and international exhibitions, as well as a collection of metalwork and other glass objects from different eras.

This photo collection is the most extensive in the Sorolla Museum, with 7167 photographs of original paper copies, original negatives or modern positives. This photographic collection is due, in large measure, to Antonio García Peris, Sorolla’s father-in-law, who portrayed family members multiple times. The painter himself would also use photography as an instrument of documentation for some of his projects, as commissioned by the Hispanic Society. Similarly, in this collection you can find works by other famous photographers of the time, such as Christian Frazen, Ragel, Laurent, Campúa or Kaulak among others.


The official webpage of the ministry of culture and sports on the Sorolla MuseumMin Culture and Sports on the Sorolla Museum

The tourist office of MadridTourist office of Madrid on the Sorolla museum in English

And at last, there you go a long post indeed but worth it me think. This is a very nice little museum loaded with wonderful things to see and admire, highly recommended when in Madrid.I know we will be back again! Sorolla museum is Madrid!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!




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September 15, 2019

Some news from France, CCXLIIII

So just back from Madrid and need to get back to my current living location for the last almost 17 years now, wow time flies when you are having fun lol! It’s time to write about my belle France, and it is a hot sunny day today with temps up to 25C or about 77F. I need to get back in the routine so while keep posting on my recent trip to my beloved Madrid will put the latest tidbits on France ok.

All have just tasted, stars in the eyes, some bottles of poulsard (or ploussard), savagnin or chardonnay, products without chemical weed killers. They also served as a source of inspiration for a generation of Jura winemakers who dusted the homeland of yellow wine and revitalized the smallest vineyard in France (less than 2,000 hectares). The general public is still unaware of it, but a new wave of connoisseurs is praising these wines, often with autochthonous grapes, marked by the strong identity of a terroir and the personalities of eco-friendly winemakers. In France and abroad, there are few trendy wine bars that today do not have Made in Jura on their menu. General look search for these towns on the bottles Lons-le-Saunier, Château Chalon (best); Poligny, Arbois (good too), and Salins-les-Bains. Enjoy the ocean of French winemaking at its best! More info here:

Lapérouse. This mythical address, which covered the secrets of Victor Hugo to Orson Welles via Michel Houellebecq, Serge Gainsbourg and François Mitterrand, benefits from a renovation as discreet as recent. The front door is small, you must bend to avoid rubbing the ceiling with the top of your skull. You learn by the way that the expression “to hit the bell” comes from the very low architectural configuration of the lounges of this old inn opened in 1766. The men bumped their heads regularly going from one room to another. When you enter the bar, on the ground floor, you have the distinct feeling of entering history. We like the idea of his second youth offered at the restaurant that saw the great Escoffier practice his art. The door that communicates with the kitchen remains open so that he can see the guests enter.You go upstairs; fortunately, the hostess’s blue, rustling tulle guides you through the maze of stairs stretched with velvet. You go past the private rooms, envious, before discovering the restaurant room. The ceiling is low, as expected, but covered with a celestial fresco that carries you away. Lapérouse, 51, quai des Grands-Augustins, 6éme. Open Tuesday to Friday from 12h30 to 14h and 19h to 22h, Saturday from 19h to 22h. tel +33 (0)1-43-26-68-04. Webpage:

Rochefort, in the Charente-Maritime, a wonderful town to visit away from Paris. At about 3h30 time from Paris deserves more than a pause on the road to ïle d’Oleron.You go for the Corderie Royal, the International Center for the Sea, located in the heart of the arsenal of Rochefort. You can spend the whole day there, thanks to a single ticket. Start with the visit of the famous Hermione, identical replica of the frigate of the Marquis of  La Fayette that took him to the USA. More info here :

The word “camping” puts you in a state of deep depression while your children dream of sleeping under a tent? Well we have done quite a few but in a mobile home! .The Escale des chateaux de la Loire, near Tours, offers nights in a perched hut, trailer, pod, or in very pretty lodges way Out of Africa with the advantage of being only fifteen minutes away from the Château de   Chenonceau, one of the most beautiful in the Loire Valley. Built on the Cher river, the gallery of Catherine de Medici always amazesus before running into Diane’s gardens, getting lost in the labyrinth, then discovering the donkey park, the flower garden and the educational hive. To visit also around, the garden of Château de Chaumont-on-Loire, its international festival of the gardens, and a string of other pretty castles . More info here :

Something wonderful for the whole family we have enjoyed over the years with the boys in younger age. Now a new house haunted catacombs way, populated by corpses, crossed by a cold wind, where the walls collapse and the lights darken … An initiatory course led by Dr. Cérébrus, littered with vampires and undead … If your children are already thinking about Halloween, they should love “Fear on the Park”, the flagship event of All Saints day in Parc Asterix, from October 5 to November 3. There are also 47 attractions to put your head upside down and forget that tomorrow … there is school!! . More info here :

Off-season, any season south of me just wonderful the huge beach of Carnac or Grande Plage in my Morbihan is even more beautiful .. For a bowl of iodized air, in the heart of the Gulf of Morbihan, you spend the weekend at the Best Western Hotel, (not stayed there of course but visited the property and its very good with great location) 5 minutes walk from the sea. You can enjoy Carnac without tourists, or, if the weather is good, opt for one of the bike / picnic tours offered by the hotel: the choice of the beautiful islands of Groix, Houat or Belle-Ile or a getaway in the salt marshes. Hotel just off the main blvd from the beach at 17 avenue De Kermario. More info here:

Heritage Days or Journées du patrimoine are coming up, September 21 and 22. So one suggestion is to go to the Eden Theater a survivor. It owes its title of the oldest cinema of the world still in activity to the private projections of the Lumière brothers, that it accomodates since 1895, and still more to the 250 spectators of its first paid session, in 1899, with the program Lancement d’un navire or launching of a ship. In La Ciotat. More info here :

The Yves Saint Laurent fashion house will inaugurate its first coffee shop. called Café Saint Laurent, this new canteen will be open today! September 15th, in time for Paris Fashion Week. Nestled in the heart of the first arrondissement, and just a stone’s throw from the Saint Laurent boutique, this new café will immerse you in the fancy and minimalist world of the famous house with sweets all more enticing than the others. Café Saint Laurent Rive Droite at the corner of rue du 29 Juillet and 213, rue Saint-Honoré .Not yet a webpage more here : Fashion Network on the Cafe Saint Laurent

Through videos filmed in 360 °, projected in an immersive space of 9m2, you will be transported directly in a beautiful setting. Travel to two of the most extraordinary places in the Pays de Fontainebleau: its forest and its emblematic castle. Between its 22 000 hectares of preserved nature (twice the surface of Paris!), Its exceptional landscapes, its gorges and breathtaking views you will have something to do. Follow in the footsteps of the kings of France by visiting the “true home of kings”, the Château de Fontainebleau. Throughout its galleries, its fully furnished rooms and the throne room of Napoleon I you will find yourself dreaming of being a true emperor. A true immersion in another era, the castle being the most furnished in Europe. The exhibition Reveal your true Nature: the immersive experience in the forest and the castle of Fontainebleau ,from September 18 to September 22 at the Gare de Lyon Paris .More info here :

One of the better establishments of Paris is transformed, for a weekend, into a temple of gastronomy. The idea? Bring together ambassadors of the bistronomy, emerging and promising talents or tasters artisans and caterers, for an unparalleled culinary journey . The Food Temple at the Carreau du Temple 4, rue Eugène-Spuller, 3eme. From September 20 to 22. More info here:

On the terrace of a cafe rue Saint-Martin in the fourth arrondissement, nothing seems to indicate -except the discreet shells on the shoulder of a statue of Saint-Merry Church , but the path from (Camino) Compostela pass here on this narrow pedestrian walkway. So an association wants to seal a shell every 25 to 30 meters in Paris, to materialize the path that crosses the city from north to south for 9 km!. The   association Compostela 2000 has submitted projects for which Parisians can vote until September 22 so to do the same in the fourth and fourteenth arrondissements. Paris is indeed the starting point of Via Turonensis, one of the four main routes leading to the Camino Francés,(French way)   the final stretch in Spain. At dawn, often in May and September, pilgrims begin their journey at the foot of the Saint-Jacques tower. For those coming from the North, the Porte de la Villette is the entry point to an almost straight line crossing the capital. More info here :

A century-old place that hosts a media library at the forefront of modernity. The Royal Charity, founded by Anne of Austria in 1645 for older women, and library of Fontainebleau since 1936, reopens this past Saturday, in premises of 1500 m2 whose surface has been doubled, the media library will draw between 19,000 books, 73 titles for young and old, 500 DVDs and 200 audio books. See the Médiathèque de Fontainebleau, 15, rue Royale. More info here:

And my grand finale! of course, another of my love, Versailles!

It’s a bit like the auto show of the 19C! Opposite the Château/museum of Versailles, the Galerie des Carrosses or gallery of coaches exposes a procession of state cars, all more impressive than the others. Installed under the majestic vaults of the Grande Ecurie or Great Stable. Soft lighting, solid oak walkway, everywhere, luxurious fabrics, bronze and gold. One glance is enough to understand: the pieces visible here are an invaluable treasure. Under king Louis XIV, nearly 1,500 men work in this temple of French riding. The racks date from this time. As a remarried Napoleon freshly divorced from Josephine, the Emperor requires forty sedans of the greatest luxury to parade with Marie-Louise of Austria. Upholsterers, wheelwrights, carpenters, gilders, miroitiers all came here. To achieve such wonders, fifty craftsmen are solicited., each coach is a feat. How to keep marble in front of the coronation coach of king Charles X drawn by eight horses, it has as much gilt bronze as wood, bringing its weight from 1.5 to 5.5 tons. The wheels are imitated from antique floats, the benches of silk velvet embroidered with gold threads. the little carriage of the dolphin Louis Charles of France, pulled by two goats. A little further, a surprising collection of fairy sledges in which the nobility was racing on the snowy paths of the castle park. Leopards, dragons, mermaids adorn these fancy vehicles that offer visitors the most fantastic dream trips. Galerie des Carrosses, in the GrandEcurie, facing the Château/museum of Versailles ( Yvelines dept 78). Open fromTuesday to Sunday from 12h30 to 18h30 (17h30 from November to March). Free admission!. More info here :

There you go a wonderful time as Fall is in the air and we are still with Summer weather here!!! And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!







September 15, 2019

Museo Archéolgico Nacional, Madrid of course!

And now let me bring you a big one that is a must to visit while in my beloved Madrid. I have passed by a thousand times over the years, and always got to the library not the museum. As said so much to see and do in Madrid difficult to choose in our time there. However, this time was different as was coming with my young men alone and needed to introduce them to our culture. Therefore, in we went and was super!

I like to tell you a bit or as briefly as possible on the Museo Archéologico Nacional or the National Archelological Museum in Madrid!


The National Archaeological Museum based in the National Library and Museums Palace , a 19C building, which it shares with the National Library and is located on Calle Serrano , next to the Plaza de Colón. It is the main Spanish museum dedicated to archeology. It’s collection is based on pieces from the Iberian Peninsula, from Prehistory to the Modern Age. However, it also has different collections from outside Spain, especially from Ancient Greece, both from the metropolitan and, above all, from Magna Greece, and, to a lesser extent, from Ancient Egypt, in addition to a small number of parts from the Middle East.


A bit of history I like

The project of a National Archaeological Museum was set up in 1862. In that year it was decided to build a building, the National Library and National Palace  at the end of the Paseo de Recoletos, which would serve as the headquarters of the National Library, the National Museum of Painting and Sculpture (better known as the Trinity Museum) and the National Archaeological Museum. On March 20, 1867, through a royal decree, the queen Isabel II signed the creation in a political and social context in which the 1868 revolution was forged.

Its founding collections came mainly from the Royal Cabinet of Natural History (predecessor of the current National Museum of Natural Sciences), to which the funds of the Museum of Medals and Antiquities of the National Library were added, integrated by around 100 000 coins, medals and notches, as well as for a thousand archeological and artistic objects, those of the Higher School of Diplomats, and those of the Royal Academy of History.  on July 9, 1871, the inauguration took place at the hands of King Amadeo I, and at the time it had four sections such as  1st floor- Primitive times, with 2703 objects. 2nd floor – Middle Ages, with 3033 objects. 3rd floor – Numismatics, with 103 096 gold, silver, bronze and lead coins. 4th floor – Ethnography, with 3500 objects from Asia, Africa, America and Oceania.

The new artistic tendencies were imposed in the museography and all the decorative aspects derived from neoclassicism, eclecticism and Art Nouveau were eliminated; the pieces were intended to absorb the attention of the public without the hassle of complementary ornaments. During the Spanish Civil War  (1936-39) the pieces of showcases, pedestals and rooms were removed and, stored in drawers stacked inside a scaffolding, they were stored in a room, leaving only copies of pieces exposed on the walls. Once the contest was over, the post-war period in the Museum lasted until 1951 and was characterized by provisional displays.

A bit on the architecture I like

The 1865 project proposes a rectangular, three-story building, geometric and symmetrical with respect to the central axis of Paseo de Recoletos to Calle Serrano, with a cross inside and superposition of orders. It has four bays, with four pavilions in the corners. On the facade of Recoletos an octa-portico advances where a staircase that ascends from the garden ends, while on the Calle Serrano facade the wall is interrupted with seven spans between columns, before which appears an  access staircase. The arms of the cross and the bays leave room for four courtyards and in the center of the floor a large octagonal space. As for the roofs, they are gabled, and on the central body a 30-meter dome. In the second project the building expands and acquires its current dimensions and, among the changes with respect to the previous one, the number of openings increases. Surrounding the entire complex stands an iron fence 700 meters long, with three gates, two on the facade of Paseo de Recoletos and one on Calle Serrano. The Paseo de Recoletos façade presents an order of Corinthian columns, with a pediment as an auction; on the other hand, the Calle Serrano facade has Tuscan capitals on the first floor and with Ionic on the superimposed colonnade. The center of the facades gathered an outstanding set of statues and reliefs depicting illustrious characters of letters and symbolic arts and representations.

After this rearrangement the museum reopening its doors on  April 1, 2014. The works involved an increase in the useful area, which went from 19 280 to 23 303 square meters, and the space dedicated to exhibition, from 7300 square meters to 9715  distributed in 40 rooms, despite which the number of pieces exhibited in the new installation has not only not increased but has been reduced to 15,500 (although several of them form assemblies, so it can be said that 13,000 units are shown exhibition), compared to 18,000 that were previously exhibited. Likewise, new museum formats were incorporated, such as audiovisual media.


The National Archeological Museum today! Some pictures due to running out of memory on the blog! And I took 26 here Lol!

The museum  now has 40 rooms after its remodeling. It’s collections are exhibited in 12 exhibition modules, these are: Archeology and heritage; Prehistory; Proto-history; Roman Hispania; Late antiquity; Middle Ages; Modern age; History of the museum; Middle East; Egypt and Nubia; Greece and Currency.


The highlighs are the reproduction of the ceiling of the polychrome of the cave of Altamira (Santillana del Mar, Cantabria), in an underground room located under the outdoor garden. It also has one of the most outstanding collections of numismatics at European level, with 300 000 coins.  Among the non-Spanish collections stands out that of Greek vases, mainly painted scenes vases, one of the best in Europe. Although it had since its inception some pieces from the Royal Collection, received through the Museum of Medals and Antiquities of the National Library, and the Royal Cabinet of Natural History, through its successor, the National Museum of Natural Sciences, the great impulse was the purchase in 1874 of the collection of archeology of the Marquis of Salamanca, the most important 19C Spanish private collection in its field, which included 944 of them. Another milestone was the purchase in 1999 of the Várez Fisa collection of archeology. Of the 181 works, more than a hundred were Greek vases, first level and in fact superior in quality to much of the pre-existing collections in the museum.




There you go a nice building and with elevators/lifts to take you to the different rooms as well. There is staff available in all the rooms where you can ask for additional information on the pieces. The display is modernistic fantastic we love it!! And sure to be back.  Again, the National Archeological Museum is a must in Madrid!

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Official MAN Museo de Archeologia Nacional in English

Heavy loading but worth the wait for a virtual visit ! of MAN: Official virtual visit of MAN Museo de Archeologia Nacional

Tourist office of Madrid on the Museum

There you go  you have it all,now its time to come in and visit it, all worth it I am telling you. My beloved Madrid has a lot more than the Museum Triangle! Enjoy it

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!



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September 15, 2019

Puerta de San Vicente, Madrid of course!

Now I am taking you outside the comfort of most tourists visiting my beloved Madrid. This is just by the wonderful parks on the western part of the city one of which is the Parque del Oeste a popular park with several monument of note mentioned in my previous posts in my blog.

The Puerta de San Vicente gate is a nice monument at the corner of a very busy intersection leading to the Principe Pio shopping center and on the other direction the Campo del Moro, Jardines de Sabatini and the Palacio Real.

Let me tell you a bit more on the Puerta de San Vicente.

The Puerta de San Vicente is a monumental gate located in the Glorieta de San Vicente Since 1995 it occupies the space in which between 1775 and 1892 was the original gate, the work of the architect Francesco Sabatini.


The history of it is like this

In 1726, the Marquis de Vadillo, mayor of Madrid commissioned Pedro de Ribera to build a monumental gate near the city, to replace an earlier gate, which was in a dilapidated state and was called “del Parque”. The gate, which consisted of three arches, was adorned with a statue of San Vicente ( St. Vincent) , so it received that name, although it would also be known later as the Puerta de la Florida gate.

This gate was demolished in 1770, due to the remodeling of the Cuesta de San Vicente, (sloping hilly street) as part of the reorganization of the western accesses to the Royal Palace and its connection with the Camino de El Pardo. Shortly after, King Carlos III commissioned Francesco Sabatini to build a new door to replace the previous one as an entrance to the city from the new Paseo de La Florida promenade. The works finished in 1775.

This later work consisted of an arch and two shutters or gates and was built of granite and limestone from Colmenar de Oreja. The arch was ornamented with two Doric columns on the outside and two pilasters, also Doric, on the inside. It was crowned by a triangular frontispiece topped with a military trophy. The side shutters were also crowned by military trophies

Agin in 1890 the this gate was dismantled to improve traffic in the area. However, the track of it’s remains was lost, which remain unaccounted for with many theories, but they were never found in spite of being searched in the final decades of the 20C.


Finally, In the 1990s, the Madrid city council decided to replace the gate in the same place where it was located. To do this, a replica was made. being placed in an inverse position to the original, that is, looking at the city. The new Puerta de San Vicente then moved to the fountain of Juan de Villanueva, which was in that location since 1952, and which was moved to the Parque del Oeste. For the replica, in gray granite and limestone plated concrete, the moldings of the upper cornices that were still preserved from the original were used, in addition to the reference of the original plans and a photograph of 1890.


This is a bit more from the tourist office of Madrid: Tourist office of Madrid on the Puerta de San Vicente

Another  nice walk from the Palacio Real would be wonderful, and nice residential areas with gorgeous architecture to reach the beautiful new Puerta de San Vicente! Enjoy Madrid!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!


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