Glorieta Emilio Castelar, Madrid!

So much to see and do, and so many monuments time is not enough for my beloved Madrid. One thing I did a lot is to walk all over the city sometimes to the limits but it allows me to show my sons my beloved city in all its glory.

We passed by monuments hardly noticeable by visitors but with a great history and architecture on them. These will be a few coming up in my blog. For now this is the square of Emilio Castelar right in the middle of traffic prone Paseo de la Castellana!

The Plaza Emilio Castelar square (formerly Plaza de la Fuente Castellana and Plaza del Obelisco), is a roundabout (glorieta) on the Paseo de la Castellana, between the Chamberí and Salamanca neighborhoods of Madrid. The Calle del General Oráa and the Paseo del General Martínez Campos converge on it. Since 1908, it is named after the 19C speaker and president of the First Spanish Republic Emilio Castelar.

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The roundabout occupies the space that in 1833 housed, on the edge of the Paseo Nuevo de las Delicias de la Princesa, the monumental Fuente Castellana, also called the Obelisk promoted by king Fernando VII to celebrate the birth of Princess Isabel Luisa, later queen Isabel II. The Obelisk of this fountain, which gave its name to the Paseo de la Castellana, today adorns the Madrid Río park(see this post later).

The monument has the speaker, erect and with an eloquent gesture, in his seat of Parliament, at his feet, a woman listens arrogantly. Historical speakers, such as Demosthenes and Cicero speakers of ancient Rome and classical Greece, and a large group in which a worker, a soldier and a student, protected by an artilleryman, sitting on his arm, can also be seen outstanding in his speech. Complete the lower set a bas-relief representing the abolition of slavery. The work is crowned by three naked goddesses representing, as read on the label, at their feet, the motto of the French Revolution: Freedom, Equality, Fraternity.

A nice piece of architecture to see and a nice history to it; Glorieta de Emilio Castelar in my Madrid

Even the tourist office has a piece on it! Tourist office of Madrid on Emilio Castelar square

Hope you enjoy the walks of my Madrid, there are several in my blog. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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