My first day after arriving in Madrid was mostly for errands; signing our apartment contract, getting a SIM card, learning the subway system a bit, etc. But still, there was enough time to take a quick walk through a bit of Madrid, using just my IPhone to snap a few pictures.
King Charles III (1716 – 1788) is honored in the Plaza del Sol. The picture I took of him is the typical shot of an armored fellow on horseback. It was too dark to upload.
Some more eccentric statues are in the Plaza too.
A couple more critters at the Plaza. The head of the King’s horse is off to the left side. I’ll have to do justice to the King himself later.
The Plaza Major’s cobblestone square is from the 17th century. It has seen bullfights and events from the Inquisition. Today, I only saw quite a few people having drinks and tapas.
King Philip III is barely visible here on horseback. Chinese culture (perhaps the New Year?) was being celebrated in the white tent.
I need to learn what this plaza is, beyond being charming.
This is a memorial to the 28 people killed at an assassination attempt in 1906. The anarchist had hoped to kill King Alfonso and his bride on their wedding day, but failed in that.
Mercado de San Miguel had lots of exotic foods. I did not order this one.
These were rather more tempting.
The Almuneda Cathedral opened only in 1993.
Go to Day 2
I got to be in Spain for the spring of 2017, where I taught at Francisco de Vitoria University. I lived in Madrid.
One thing that makes Francisco de Vitoria impressive was his response to indigenous Americans in the Spanish Empire. A bit of a fanciful comparison might be thinking about how we would respond if we actually did discover new life forms on a planet in another solar system. No one was expecting new continents between Europe and Asia, much less any new types of cultures. Was this Asia or new land? Were they people? If so, did they have souls or rights? His book on this remains worth reading.
Then, in June I had the chance to visit South Korea at the invitation of the Korean Big History Academy.