The captivating country of Spain is home to a unique and fascinating monument that is unlike any other in the world. Found in the picturesque Parque del Buen Retiro, the Fallen Angel (Ángel Caído) is a remarkable sculpture that stands 666 meters above sea level. This monument is widely known as the only public monument to the Devil himself, and it is an incredible sight to behold. The statue is set atop a marble pillar, with the fountain below it decorated with sinister demonic entities and reptiles. The Fallen Angel was inspired by a passage in John Milton’s Paradise Lost, depicting Lucifer at the moment he is cast out of Heaven. Visiting this remarkable monument is an absolute must for travelers and tourists alike.
Sculptor Ricardo Bellver’s bronze statue of Satan is renowned for its discordant subject matter, as well as the artist’s remarkable skill in creating a sense of tension and anguish in the work. The statue was cast for the third World’s Fair in Paris, and after the event it was acquired by the Museo del Prado. Later, the statue was generously donated to the city of Madrid and was inaugurated at its current location in 1885. Tourists visiting Madrid can marvel at Bellver’s unique masterpiece, and appreciate the sheer talent and skill that went into creating it.
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If you are visiting the vibrant city of Madrid, you won’t want to miss the “Big Three” museums that are located within convenient walking distance from the Atocha metro station. The Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, each offer breathtaking art collections, a unique glimpse into the history and culture of Spain and provide an unforgettable experience. Take a stroll down the peaceful streets and explore the world-renowned works of art that have been carefully preserved and displayed in these exquisite galleries. Immerse yourself in the culture and atmosphere of Madrid and discover the beauty of these iconic museums.