Every and all art lovers should visit and discover the city of Madrid because it is filled to the brim with world-famous works of art. However, after visiting its most famous museums – the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía – we invite you to get off the beaten track and wander the streets of the Spanish capital and (re)discover its most interesting and amazing statues... So, the first thing to do is to book your Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation train tickets, which is the best way to get to Madrid from France!
The Fallen Angel
The agony expression of the statue is impressive
Many Madrilenians will tell you that their city is the only one in the world to have a statue of the devil. Whether this statement is exaggerated or not, it must be said that Lucifer has his statue in Madrid as do various angels and deities. Made by the sculptor Ricardo Bellver at the end of the 19th century, this work was offered to the city of Madrid by King Alfonso XII on the condition that its pedestal was worthy of its beauty. This is how you can admire it today in the middle of a beautiful fountain in the Retiro Park.
El Oso y Madroño – The Bear and the Strawberry Tree
This statue, which has become a symbol of Madrid, is special in that its two elements represent the context of a time that has now passed. What's more, if you are familiar with this emblem of the Plaza del Sol, did you know that a second, more modern statue of Oso y Madroño will soon be on display in the Plaza de la Prosperidad?
This monument is the protagonists one of its most popular melodies in Spain and it is a tribute to its composer, José Padilla. You will be able to admire it in Gabriel Miró Square.
The statue captures people's attention for its detail and beauty
It would be easy to miss the Mariblanca statue – which takes its name from the white marble in which it was carved and from the origin of the rather chaste image it has – not to mention that it is actually a representation of Venus, which in the 17th century overlooked a fountain not far from the Plaza del Sol where it stands today.
The Lamplighter – El Farolero
A witness to the city's past, the lamplighter, located in Calle de la Concepción Jerónima, is a statue that pays homage to all those who practiced this profession until the 1940s, when electric lighting replaced gas streetlights.
The Madrilenian Street Sweeper – El Barrendero Madrileño
This life-size sculpture by Félix Hernando García, installed since 2001 in Jacinto Benavente Square, is a tribute to this other popular craft in the 1960s.
The Sainete Writers – Los Saineteros
Located at the crossroads of Calle Luchana and Calle Manuel Silvela, this statue pays homage to four famous playwrights: Ramón de la Cruz, Ricardo de la Vega, Barbieri and Chueca and the "genero chico" (small genre), a term for a type of one-act zarzuela that was extremely popular in Spain, and in Madrid in particular, at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century.
The Rocker Grandmother – La abuela rockera
This statue located in Peña Gorbea street is a tribute to Àngeles Rodríguez Hidalgo, an old lady from Argentina who became popular in the 80's and is recognized as the longest-living hard rock fan.
Gaby, Fofó and Miliki were three very popular clowns in the 70s. This statue in the Amusement Park pays tribute to them and to a whole generation.
The state of Veracruz, Mexico, gave a replica of one of the colossal heads of Olmec culture in Madrid in 2005. It is more than two meters high and it is installed on a 16-metre pyramid in the Avenida de l'Ensanche de Vallecas.