Like most cities in Spain, numerous statues and sculptures decorate the streets, squares and fountains of the capital. Many are abstract, like La Sirena Varada (Eduardo Dato Street and Juan Bravo) or mythological, like Cibeles herself, but there are many others that honor their people.

In the Las Letras neighborhood, in Madrid de los Austrias or in Malasaña you will find some of these pieces that can be admired on a perfect walking route to get to know unique aspects of Madrid.


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Hug

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The statue “El Abrazo” pays tribute to the labor lawyers murdered in their office on Atocha Street in 1977.

Named “Hug” and known as the Lawyers of Atocha, is a sculpture located in the Anton Martin Square created by the Valencian painter Juan Genovés and inaugurated in 2003. The bronze piece pays tribute to the labor lawyers murdered in his office at 55 Atocha Street. On January 24, 1977 A far-right group attacked the office and killed five lawyers close to Comisiones Obreras and the PCE, four others were injured.

Madrid lamplighter

Statue of the Madrid lamplighter in the Plaza del Carmen, represents the job of lamplighter.
Statue of the Madrid lamplighter on Concepción Jerónima street.

Originally installed in the Plaza del Carmen and later moved to the Concepción Jerónima street, 14, This statue refers to the extinct lamplighters guild. They were in charge of turning on the oil street lamps before nightfall and turning them off at dawn. Gas lighting was introduced in the mid-19th century, but these workers existed until the 1930s and 1940s, when the electrical grid was extended, putting an end to this trade.

Paco the dog

Statue of Perro Paco in the Las Letras neighborhood of Madrid.
Statue of Perro Paco in the Las Letras neighborhood.

In the number 71 Huertas Street is the tender statue of the dog Paco, sitting and smiling. Paco the dog was very loved by Madrid society in the 19th century, coincided with illustrious figures such as Azorín or Pío Baroja who frequented the Café de Fornos and walked through the Bullring and the Hippodrome. TO Paco was buried in Retiro Park after being dissected and displayed in a tavern in Madrid.


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ONCE Seller

Fortunato, statue of the ONCE salesman near the Congress of Deputies in Madrid.
Fortunato, statue of the ONCE salesman near the Congress of Deputies in Madrid.

Near the dog Paco, on Prado Street and the corner of San Agustín, we are located Fortunatoa bronze man that represents the work of the ONCE coupon sellers. For 75 years they have been part of the urban landscape of cities.

After Julia

Julia, statue located on Calle del Pez, Madrid
Julia, statue located on Calle del Pez, Madrid

On the corner of Pez and San Bernardo streets, it is leaning against the wall of the Bauer Palace. Julia, the first university student. The chronicles say that this girl, baptized Julia by her sculptor, was a young woman who She dressed up as a man to study at the San Bernardo Central. Many believe that it refers to Concepción Arenal, a law student who in 1840 went to university posing as a man, like Julia.


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