Monday, 20 October 2008

Cybele Statue Fountain



Right in front of the Old post office, on Castelar Square, there is the Statue Fountain of Cybele (Cibeles in Spanish)... The Fountain (designed by the architect Ventura Rodriguez) dates from 1782 and was first in front of the Prado museum. In the year 1895 it was moved to it's actual place.

25 comments:

Photo Cache said...

Hi thanks for the visit. Oh you have a nice blog. Thanks for showcasing Madrid. It's one of the many places I really want to see with my own eyes. Your photos are tempting me so much.

I really enjoyed your two blogs.

Mottel said...

Great pics! They look almost HDR -are they?

Your EG Tour Guide said...

This looks like a large fountain so it must have been difficult and time-consuming to move way back in 1895!

It's great that none of this was ruined during the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War.

Saretta said...

How did they ever move that big heavy thing? Amazing!

marie6 said...

That's such a huge fountain, how could they possibly have moved it???
It's great that it was never damaged by war!
Thanks for your visit.

JM said...

They have moved Abu Simbel's temples in Egypt piece by piece, I'm sure the same thing as been done with the fountain... although 70 years earlier...

Another great shot of Cibeles square!!! Beautiful!

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Tanya said...

Beautiful and really amazing they were able to move this big thing!

valeria said...

I agree with jm! Here in Verona a huge roman marble arch was moved from its original place.
I love your photos, they are really, really stunning. May I ask what type of camera you use?
Thank you for visiting my blog!!

Louis la Vache said...

As "Louis" has commented previously, he is certainly enjoying the architectural tour you are giving us of your beautiful city.

uncleawang said...

Hai, Thanks fr the visit of my blog .
You have a nice photo to share with and I enjoying the architectural and beautiful city.

Virginia said...

JUst magificent. I have no idea how they moved it then. Your city is such a beautiful place. The sky is so blue. I am envious!

Priyanka Khot said...

Wow!!! they moved the whole thing... amazing...

Madrid is beautiful!!!


Thanks for introducing me to the city. :-)

Hilda said...

Beautiful fountain, beautiful buildings!

I can't imagine how they moved that huge fountain — and way back in 1895! Wow.

Olivier said...

magnifique fontaine, et quelle sculpture, on pourrait avoir le devant de cette sculpture ?

beautiful fountain, and what sculpture. could have the front of this sculpture?

Per Stromsjo said...

Good shot. Any idea why they moved the fountain?

Ivar Ivrig said...

Beautiful architecture in your home town. Would love to visit Madrid some time :-) Thanks for sharing

Share my point of view... said...

That is one beautiful fountain! The architecture of Madrid is beautiful beyond comparison!

Anonymous said...

¿Por qué la sacas de espaldas? UNa curiosidad..
Un saludo

JAMJARSUPERSTAR said...

Oh I have to come to Madrid sometime - I've been dying to go for years you see but never got round to it.

Seeing this blog is showing me how wonderful the city is - keep up the good work, I love it!
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tr3nta said...

to Anonymous.

Esta parte de la castellana estaba cerrada al trafico.
Me gustaba la vista hacia el banco de España y la Gran Vía.

Professor said...

This is just breath taking... I'm agog, simply agog. Such beauty.

And really, I just want to play and have a splash in it!

~tanty~ said...

Great statue and great photo!

Anonymous said...

You have to see this with your own eyes, if you can....It is just amazing and impressive :-)

Madrid is great!!

and TR3NTA, congratulations with your award, you really deserve it!!

Ana

My Bug Life said...

You have some amazingly beautiful photos on your blog..and I love Spain..visited your country in 2006 and this photo brings back fond memories of Madrid....:) Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog.

Mariposa said...

yay cibeles!! =D