Monumento de Alvaro de Bazan reviews
Located in Plaza De La Villa is this fantastic monument to Alvaro De Bazán ,1st Marquess Of Santa Cruz De Mudela ( 1526- 1588 ) a legendary admiral of the formidable Spanish navy. Following in the... more »
Though not from Spain, when I come across the statues especially in prominent places-I then feel the need to do some research to find out more about the person. Great statue with a good historical... more »
For my birthday, we traveled to Spain, landing in Madrid. One of the most gorgeous cities, Madrid displays statues that are breathtaking, and we attempted to visit most, finding the Statue of Don Alvaro de Bazan in Plaza de la Villa. Highly recommend visiting Madrid and admiring all that it has to offer!
This statue stands in tribute to Álvaro de Bazán, the 1st Marquess of Santa Cruz de Mudela, a Spanish Naval Admiral. He is noted for his contribution to the expansion of the Spanish Empire and said to have never been defeated in battle. A remarkable feat considering his fifty year long naval career. At the Battle of Lepanto, his intervention prevented the Ottomans from turning the tide of the battle. The bronze sculpture depicts the admiral dressed in half armour. He has a serious and energetic expression, looking slightly to the left. His left hand rests on the hilt of his sword, while the right is holding a general's baton. At the foot of the figure is a turkish helmet, a spear topped with crescent moon and a captured flag, alluding to the victory against the Ottomans. Also worth noting the the tremendous attention the sculptor put into showing the details of the Bazan's uniform and clothing. Sadly, the monument is a bit out of the way from the main tourist sights, but not too from the Basilica of San Fernando El Grande
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