Estatua Felipe IiiCurrently Open
- Address: Plaza Mayor, s/n, 28012 Madrid, Spain
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 00:20 Mins
- Tags: Statue, Family And Kids
The bronze statue of King Philip III of Spain riding on his horse, has the most intriguing story. During the Franco dictatorship of Spain, the statue- like many others around the city, was destroyed. Several pieces of the statue scattered on the plaza along with small bones. The vandalism was stopped immediately since they believed that this was a sign from the guardian spirit of Felipe III.
The bones were studied to reveal that they belonged to small birds who took shelter in the statue but could not find a way out! Take a walk here to see yet another of city’s many stories and to admire the artwork of the statue.
- By Metro: Opera
- By Bus: Mayor Nº 21
- By Taxi
- By renting a Car/Bike.
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0.63% of people who visit Madrid include Estatua Felipe Iii in their plan
95% of people start their Estatua Felipe Iii visit around 11 AM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Estatua Felipe Iii
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Estatua Felipe Iii
Beautiful place for a nice walk. You can enjoy walking around.
One of the interesting things to see at Plaza Mayor is the equestrian statue of Felipe III (King Philip III) located in the centre of the square. King Philip III was responsible for the original creation of Plaza Mayor. This bronze statue was sculpted by Giambologna, the famous Florentine sculpture and his pupil Pietro Tacca in 1616. It was originally located at Casa de Campo before being moved to Plaza Mayor in 1848. Here you see Felipe III riding his horse in stately attire. Notice the ruff around his neck. The statue sits upon base with reliefs on both sides which are interesting to view as well. It is a fairly typical equestrian statue with figure riding in triumphal style. Note: There is a small gate surrounding the base of the statue that obstructs up close photos. Best to step back and angle your camera to shoot the statue against blue sky or buildings of Plaza Mayor. Tip: For nice photos stand at the south side of Plaza Mayor and you will be able to capture the full statue with the delightful facade of Casa de Panaderia in the background.
One of the main kings in spanish history
Ugly statue of Phil 3