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El Oso y El Madroño

Calle de la Bolsa, 4, 28012 Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain

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4.5 out of 5
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  • El Oso y El Madroño
    Rachel Greene
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    5 Oct 20, 2013

    The monument known as El Oso y El Madroño is a heraldic symbol of Madrid. In English, it translates to the Bear and the Madrone tree. It is located in Puerta del Sol, near the Landmarked Tio Pepe advertisement.

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  • El Oso y El Madroño
    José Luis L
    3 May 27, 2013

    The statue was made by sculptor Antonio Navarro Santa Fe (1906-1983) and opened in 1967. It was promoted by the Culture section of the City of Madrid, who wanted to represent monumentally main symbols of the city and the nation.
    The first appearance of a bear rampant and a fruity strawberry in the shield of the town is situated in the thirteenth century. Earlier, the weapons incorporated only a bear in attitude intern, replaced from said current century by the two figures.
    This change was intended to symbolize the resolution adopted by the municipality and the Council of Priests and Beneficiaries, after a long dispute over control of pasture land and trees Madrid. Under the agreement, the first became the property of the council and the council seconds. Hence, the weapons were modified with the inclusion of a strawberry and a new position for the bear, standing on the tree.
    The sculpture has always been at the Puerta del Sol, but with two different locations within the square. Until 1986 it was located on the eastern side of it, near the building that rises between Alcalá Street and Race St. Jerome. In that year was moved to the top of the calle del Carmen, in the context of the renovation and remodeling of the plaza driven by Mayor Enrique Tierno Galván. In September 2009, with the renovation of the square promoted by Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, has returned to its original location.

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  • El Oso y El Madroño
    David Lynch
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    4 Oct 24, 2012

    This symbol weighs 20 ton & is probably the most recognised symbol of Madrid. A bear eating fruit from a strawberry tree, it's located at Puerta del Sol. There are always people stopping by for a photo opportunity, and who could blame them.

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    Pouria Tavassoli
    5 Aug 31, 2013
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  • El Oso y El Madroño
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    4 Nov 08, 2013
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    5 Sep 24, 2013
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