The Neptune Fountain stands out in Madrid

By | 23 October, 2012 | 0 comments

It is one of the best known images in Madrid. An image that leaves you spellbound because of its presence and its strength. However, it may have lost the battle against its famous neighbour the Neptune Fountain that stands proud in the centre of Madrid.

With its Neoclassical style, it is situated in Plaza Cánovas del Castillo, although originally it was in between the Paseo de Trajineros and el Prado de San Jerónimo, facing the Cibeles.

It was designed by Ventura Rodríguez in 1777 and they finished it in 1786 as ordered by the King Carlos III, who had wanted to modernized the city with those monuments, and bring it like that up to scratch with all the other important cities in Europe like Saint Petersburgh or Paris.

This statue was done by Juan Pascual de Mena, who died before he could see it completed and could only manage the body of the God, Neptune.

Several of his best pupils, José Arias, Pablo de la Cerda, José Guerra and José Rodríguez, finished the work, fulfilling like that the sculptor’s dream.

Neptuno, God of the seas, is amazing on the top of the fountain, with his trident in his left hand and the snake around his right hand.  He stands proud on a carriage in the shape of a shell, drawn by two sea-horses. Both fountains, Cibeles and Neptuno, were made with marble from the quarry in Montesclaros in Toledo.

Currently, its image is associated to the victories of the Spanish premier league football team Atlético de Madrid. Its fans celebrated all the victories in this fountain, so in the last few years it has become very busy indeed, thanks to all the European successes.

Categories: Madrid Guías

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