If there is a place everyone goes to when visiting a Spanish city, it is the Plaza Mayor. Am I wrong…?
Madrid has a lot of beautiful things to see, and one of them is Plaza Mayor; a nerve center that holds events and a starting point to visit other touristic spots.
This one is the equestrian statue of Felipe III (a pretty famous royal face in the capital), work of Juan de Bolonia, an Italian sculptor, but finished by his disciple Pietro Tacca. Felipe III, also known as Felipe el Piadoso (the Pious), was the King of Spain and Portugal.
Originally, the statue was in Casa de Campo; in 1848, Queen Isabel II gave the order to move it to Plaza Mayor. On its pedestal it can be read: ‘Queen Isabel II, as a request from the Town Hall of Madrid, gave the order to move here the statue of Felipe III, son of this city, who reinstated the Courts in Madrid in 1606, and who gave the order, in 1619, to build this Plaza Mayor’ (1848).