The bear and the strawberry tree statue in Madrid
If you have been in Madrid, it’s very hard you did not notice the famous statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree. It is the symbol of the Spanish capital and it is located in the main and visited Madrid square, la Puerta del Sol. Resting on a cubic structure of granite, there is a large bear in stone and bronze that rises toward the arbutus tree for eat the fruit and placing his paws on her trunk. The statue is 4 meters high and weighs about 20 tons. Do you know the story of this statue? Why has been chosen as a symbol of the city of Madrid becoming the main subject of its flag? The bear is an animal that before urbanization used to live in these areas, while the strawberry with the lawn below recall a controversy between citizens and the City Council which resulted in the assignment of trees ownership to citizenship, and Grassland to the Council itself.
The statue has been built in recent times, its author is the sculptor Antonio Navarro Santafé (1906-1983) and the inauguration took place in 1967. Since the thirteenth century, the symbol of the bear climbed onto the strawberry was inserted into the shield a national symbol of the agreement reached between citizens and City Council. Before instead there was only a bear moving. If you wish to see this strange statue and have fun enjoying the famous Madrid movida, book your Madrid hotel with us, where you can find more then 400 hotel.