Monumento Isabel I, 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 Monument to Isabel I, the Catholic queen of Spain right in the Paseo de la Castellana! 

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In 1881, the city council of Madrid decided to create a monument dedicated to queen Isabel I, the Catholic. The first location was in the middle of the Paseo de la Castellana just before arriving at the Plaza de Santa Cruz on the right hand side, and not on the side where it is located from the 1960. The sculpture measures about 4 meters and the original pedestal measured another 4. It consisted of marble columns of different colors. The monument was inaugurated by king Alfonso XII, accompanied by his sisters, the infantas Isabel and Eulalia and the imperial prince of Germany, Frederic Wilhem.

Queen Isabel I the Catholic is sitting on horse wearing armor. In her hand she carries the Covadonga Cross. On his left is Cardinal Pedro González de Mendoza, who carries the Gospels in his right hand. To his right is Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba, the Great Captain, with his sword. In the chamfers, the shields of Castilla, León, Granada and Aragón

For many years the monument was linked to events related to the Feast of Hispanity (October 12) and also with visits by personalities from Latin American countries that presented floral offerings before it. But it stops as too controversial from the discovery part.

In the new, simpler pedestal, you can read the original dedication: To Isabel the Catholic, under whose Glorious Reign the National Unity and the discovery of America was carried out .The town of Madrid, 1883. Although this unity per se is not achieved until the 19C maybe.

Maybe that is one reason there is no referencing in the Madrid tourist office on it! However great architecture for a historical figure of great importance me think and a great walk up Paseo de la Castellana!

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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