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Monuments in Spain

Estadio Vicente Calderon
Town: Madrid
Address: Paseo Virgen del Puerto, 67

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Estadio Vicente Calderon is the home ground of Madrid’s second important football club, Atletico Madrid. Located in the city centre, it’s easily accessible from all parts of the Spanish capital. Initially, it was referred to as Estadio Manzanares, after the River upon which banks it’s located. Later, it was renamed in honour of a respected president of the team, Vicente Calderon. With a capacity of nearly 55,000 spectators, it regularly holds league matches of its home team and international games of the Spanish national team. It’s also a popular concert and event venue. In 2003, it was rated by UEFA as a 5-star sports venue.


Estatua Ecuestre de Carlos III
Town: Madrid
Address: Puerta del Sol

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The equestrian statue of Carlos III of Spain, located in the centre of Madrid, is a bronze reproduction of the original work by Paschal Juan of Mena, property of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando. The reproduction was cast by Miguel Angel Rodriguez and Eduardo Stride. It measures 9 metres of height and was unveiled in 1994. Its location was determined during a popular referendum. An inscription runs around the pedestal of the statue, praising the time of reign of Carlos III.


Magic Fountain in Barcelona
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Magic Fountain in Barcelona, by Philip Monahan
Font Màgica de Montjuïc (The Magic Fountain)
Town: Barcelona
Address: Passeig Maria Cristina

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An early version of Font Màgica, ‘magic fountain,’ was assembled in Ciutadella Park as part of the preparations for the World Fair of 1888. Unfortunately, the effect it produced at the time didn’t quite match its creators expectations. Another attempt was made before the World Expo of 1929, and this time, it proved successful. The fountain was relocated to Montjuïc and it’s there that it continues to astonish passers-by every summer night. Displays of colourful light are coordinated with the movement of water, which creates an effect of watter dancing to the rhythm of light and music accompanying the show. Colours and shapes change constantly to the delight of the public.


Fossar de les Moreres
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Fossar de les Moreres, by El senyor dels Bertins
Fossar de les Moreres
Town: Barcelona
Address: Placa Fossar de les Moreres

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Fossar de les Moreres is one of two large cemeteries in close proximity to Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar. It’s of immense historical and symbolic significance to the people of Catalonia. The cemetery is the final resting place of the Catalonia soldiers who died fighting the troops of King Felipe V in a war which concluded in Catalonia’s defeat and loss of special rights. An official plaque with a commemorative poem on the wall of the cemetery pays tribute to the fallen. On September 11th, which is Catalonia’s national holiday, the cemetery holds an official ceremony during which representatives of the government lay wreaths at the central monument.


Fountain of Apollo
Town: Madrid
Address: Paseo del Prado

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The name of Fuente de Apolo literally means ‘source of Apollo,’ but it’s also commonly referred to as the Source of Four Stations. Located beside the Prado Museum, the neo-Classical fountain is one of the three parts of a composition designed by Luck Rodriguez under the reign of king Carlos III. The other two parts of the set are the nearby fountains of Cibeles and Neptune. The construction of the fountain of Apollo was initiated in 1780. It consists of an imposing figure of Apollo in the centre, surrounded by masks and shells arranged into an impressive water-spraying display. The statue of the Greek god was crafted by Alfonso Vergaz in 1802. Fuente de Apolo was inaugurated in 1803, as part of the celebrations of the marriage of son of Carlos IV, Prince Fernando, the future king Fernando VII.


Fuente de Cibeles
Town: Madrid
Address: Plaza de la Cibeles

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Fuente de Cibeles, the spectacular fountain located inside the bustling heart of Madrid, is one of the most widely recognizable symbols of the Spanish capital. For a number of centuries now, the proud goddess Cybele has been overlooking the city and its people from her commanding chariot.
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Fuente de Neptuno
Town: Madrid
Address: Plaza de Canovas del Castillo

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Fuente de Neptuno, meaning ‘source of Neptune,’ is a magnificent fountain in the centre of Madrid, commissioned by king crafted by artists Luck Rodríguez and Paschal Juan between 1782 and 1784. the central figure of the fountain, located on a large circular pylon is Neptune, the god of the seas. In his right hand, he holds a snake, and in his left, a trident, the symbol of his power. He stands tall on a chariot formed out of a shell and drawn by a pair of seahorses with fish tails. Seals and dolphins swarm around the chariot. Fuente de Neptuno was originally situated opposite of Fuente de Cibeles; in 1898, it was moved to the centre of Canovas de Castillo, where it sits to this day. Together with Cibeles and Apollo, Neptune forms the group of three sculptures designed by Luck Rodriguez for Prado.
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Hospital de la Santa Creu
Town: Barcelona
Address: Carme, 47

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The old building of the Hospital of Santa Creu radiates the peculiar atmosphere so characteristic of Barcelona. A mixture of mystery and silent dignity permeates the walls of the old hospital and continues to attract crowds of thrilled visitors.
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