Felipe III Statue
Felipe III Statue
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The area
Neighborhood: Sol
How to get there
  • Vodafone Sol • 4 min walk
  • Tirso de Molina • 5 min walk

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Allan C
Ipswich, UK544 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Impressive equestrian statuary at one end of the Plaza Major commemorating its instigator. Some good costume detail and it is good that the authorities think it worth keeping cleanfrom the attention of the bird life. Worth a photo.
Written April 25, 2022
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,162 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
This statue stand in tribute to Felipe III, king of Spain from 1578 to 1621.

The statue stands in the centre of the very touristy Plaza Mayor and is an equestrian statue of the King riding triumphantly upon his stallion. If you're in Plaza Mayor, it's worth having a look, otherwise it's just another equestrian statue, but albeit a nice one.

Be careful around this statue though as there's lots of people in costumes trying to get you to take photos with them and it won't be free.
Written April 18, 2019
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JNYCwriter
New York City, NY7,574 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
In the Center of Plaza Mayor you will find a statue of Felipe III. This monument is not quite as ornate with fountains, but serves as the center for the Plaza.
Written September 25, 2019
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C...
Victoria, Australia82,513 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Friends
The Felipe III Statue Madrid was designed and sculptured by the Italian artist Jean Boulogne a member of the Medici in Florence. After researching this, because the site has little information at it... I found that during the early stages of the Franco dictatorship of Spain, relics and statues with connections to the Spanish monarchy were defaced or destroyed. The Felipe III Statue was no exception and it was pulled from its stone mount.

What saved it was tiny bones scattered from the statue... and the superstitious vandals stopped what they were doing. Later it was found that the statue had a small hole in it so birds had been entering but never exiting it.

These days, it is located at the Plaza Mayor and with it's elegant background, it makes for interesting photos.
Written September 2, 2017
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,755 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
If there is one thing that Madrid has in abundance it is great statues that are perfect for pictures. Felipe III is similar to Felipe the IV in Plaza Oriente. The statue is symbol for Plaza Mayor and is a even better place for pictures day and night.
Written July 31, 2017
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TAIN2013
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia2,864 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Solo
The equestrian bronze statue of King Philip III riding his horse stands prominently in the middle of Plaza Mayor and is surrounded by a metal fence. The statue was completed by the Italian sculptor Pietro Tacca who also sculpted the more famous statue of Philip IV in the Plaza de Oriente.

The King being deeply religious was also known as Philip the Pious and was also responsible for the construction of the Plaza. The statue is a fine example of Italian craftsmanship but is overshadowed by the many other fine statues in Madrid.

The statue has an interesting history. During the fascist era, some vandals tried to destroy the statue but were scared by small bones tumbling out of the statue. Given the deeply religious nature of the King, they thought it was being protected by divine forces. Later it was discovered that the bones belonged to small birds who entered the statue through a small hole but were unable to exit and died inside the statue.

Being located at the center of Plaza Mayor, the statue is difficult to miss and should be visited along with the Plaza.
Written May 6, 2017
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,684 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Solo
I would rank this work only average in a city full of outstanding statues and monuments. The bronze creation depicts Philip III, the king who reigned from 1598 to 1621, ruling the Spanish Empire at its height. He is astride a stallion, which stands on a large pedestal encircled by a low, black metal fence. The statue's location means that most visitors to Madrid will see it, because it appears in the center of Plaza Mayor, one of the most popular squares in the city.

When I first passed through one of the plaza's nine entrance arches, my eyes immediately went to the statue.because of its position. And I found it a nice feature to use in the foreground when photographing the plaza's beautiful Casa de Panaderia. But most tourists there in the early afternoon when I visited, simply glanced at the statue when walking past or ignored it.

Philip III, AKA Philip the Pious, wasn't exactly a notable ruler and likely isn't a name that is recognizable by many. But he is the man who got Plaza Mayor built, so I think he deserves a statue in the area. He was also the first king born in Madrid.

The statue was designed and worked on by Italian artist Jean Boulogne, and, after his death, completed by his apprentice Pietro Tacca in 1616. After standing in other places, the statue was moved to its permanent site on Plaza Mayor in 1848.

For those interested in seeing other statues in Madrid, Tacca also created the much better (in my opinion) statue of Philip IV on a rearing horse, which stands in Plaza de Oriente.
Written September 27, 2016
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,152 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
One of the interesting things to see at Plaza Mayor is the equestrian statue of Felipe III (King Philip III) located in the centre of the square. King Philip III was responsible for the original creation of Plaza Mayor.

This bronze statue was sculpted by Giambologna, the famous Florentine sculpture and his pupil Pietro Tacca in 1616. It was originally located at Casa de Campo before being moved to Plaza Mayor in 1848.

Here you see Felipe III riding his horse in stately attire. Notice the ruff around his neck. The statue sits upon base with reliefs on both sides which are interesting to view as well. It is a fairly typical equestrian statue with figure riding in triumphal style.

Note: There is a small gate surrounding the base of the statue that obstructs up close photos. Best to step back and angle your camera to shoot the statue against blue sky or buildings of Plaza Mayor.

Tip: For nice photos stand at the south side of Plaza Mayor and you will be able to capture the full statue with the delightful facade of Casa de Panaderia in the background.
Written July 12, 2016
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tRAVellerOfTheW0rld
Almere, The Netherlands1,726 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
The statue of King Philip III on horseback is one of the most valuable works of art to be found on the streets of Madrid. It was commissioned by Philip III (1578-1621) who ruled over a Spanish/Portuguese empire, but he is remembered as Philip de Pious due to his religious beliefs.
The statue is designed by the Italian sculptor Giambologna (Jean Boulogna) from the Medici in Florence. This is remarkable because the Medici protected the talents of Giambologna exclusively for Florence. The statue of Philip III would be his last and it was completed by Pietro Tacca in 1616. It was placed at the Casa de Campo and it watched over the entrance for centuries. In 1848 it was moved to Plaza Mayor by Queen Isabella II, who redesigned many of the capital’s royal parks.
The inscription in the pedestal reads: ‘Queen Isabel II as a request from the Town Hall of Madrid gave the order to move here the statue of Felipe III son of this city who reinstated the Courts in Madrid in 1606 and who gave the order in 1619, to build this Plaza Mayor 1848'. Also in the pedestal you can see the old coats of arms of the Bourbon dynasty and of the City Hall.
Remarkable is the story that the mouth of the horse was an open hole and that sparrows went in all the way into the hollow statue and were not able to come out again. A lot of birds died inside the statue. It was during the Franco dictatorship that this secret was revealed. Many statues connected to the Spanish monarchy were damaged or demolished. Also the statue of Philip III was damaged and then the bones fell on the ground. It is said that for that reason the statue was not damaged further and during the 1950's it was repaired and restored again at Plaza Mayor.
Knowing this story and its rich background, you then look at this statue in another way. Oh yeah, during the restoration, they closed the hole in the mouth of the horse.....
Written June 13, 2014
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK831,145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The most beautiful plaza in Madrid is Plaza Mayor and one of the most photographed statues is the centrepiece of this square namely Filipe III Statue.
A wonderful equestrian statue showing King Philip III (1578-1621 ) astride his trusty steed,the work of Italian sculptor Jean Bologne ,its a great piece of art and is a statue that befits such a wonderful plaza,easy to locate in Plaza Mayor, well worth checking out if you're in the area.
Written October 7, 2023
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