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Curiosities of the equestrian statue of Felipe IV in the Plaza de Oriente

Equestrian statue of Felipe IV in the Plaza de Oriente in Madrid

In your must visit to the Plaza de Oriente during your trip to Madrid, you will have the opportunity to see a monument with the most important statue of the city, that of the king Philip IV.

In the aforementioned Plaza de Oriente, looking towards himRoyal Theatre, you find the Equestrian statue of Philip IV on a large pedestal, which forms a monument that becomes the central axis of this Madrid square.

If you arrive at the Plaza de Oriente walking from the downtown area, through the Isabel II Square, in front of you you will find the aforementioned equestrian statue as a forced step towards the Royal Palace.


Equestrian statue of Felipe IV in the Plaza de Oriente in Madrid

It is a site surrounded by gardens where visitors concentrate to take pictures of the great statue, either with the background of the mentioned palace or with the Royal Theatre.

History statue Felipe IV

The Equestrian statue of Philip IV was commissioned by this king in the XVII centurybecause he wanted to have a monument that was even more majestic than his father’s, Philip III, whose statue you can currently see in the center of the Plaza Mayor of Madrid.

The statue of Philip IV It was built by the Italian sculptor Pietro Tacca from the table of Philip IV on horseback, Painted by Diego Velázquez, which you can see in the Prado Museum.


Equestrian statue of Felipe IV in the Plaza de Oriente in Madrid

The great artistic importance of this work is that it is about the first equestrian statue in which the horse rested only on its hind legs.

In order to build it, Pietro Tacca He had his own technical advice Galileo Galilei, after which the back of the statue was built solid and the hollow front, with a total weight of nine tons.

During the following centuries, this type of equestrian statues became fashionable, examples of which you can see in large European cities such as Vienna.


Monument of the Statue of Philip IV in the Plaza de Oriente in Madrid

Finished being cast in bronze in a workshop in Florence in the year 1606, the Equestrian statue of Philip IV The missing site was first Palace of the Good Retreat, located next to what is now the Madrid Retreat Park.

After some change of location, in 1843 it was definitely located in the Plaza de Oriente.

The monument, in addition to the statue, consists of a large pedestal with some sculptures and two fountains.

Photos equestrian statue Felipe IV

Here you have more photos of this statue whose construction in its day raised an original technical solution.















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