Monumento de Victoria Eugenia y Alfonso XIII

Monumento de Victoria Eugenia y Alfonso XIII

Monumento de Victoria Eugenia y Alfonso XIII
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Neighborhood: Centro
Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
How to get there
  • Ópera • 6 min walk
  • La Latina • 7 min walk
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Malgorzata
11,503 contributions
Aug 2020
It is a new monument, much more modest and smaller than the original. This is a tribute to the 23 victims of the wedding of Sr. Alfonso XIII and Victoria Eugenia de Buttenberg. A bomb intended for Queen Victoria Eugenia and King Alfonso XIII exploded into a crowd that were watching the royal carriage. This monument is a bronze sculpture of an angel kneeling on one knee, holding a scroll in his hands. The sculpture sits atop a granite pedestal. The statue is easy to miss as it's well away from the main tourist attractions. Not a must see, but worth a quick look if in the area.
Written July 11, 2021
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom7,957 contributions
Feb 2020
The story behind the statue is perhaps more interesting than the statue itself. The statue is an upright block of limestone, standing about 2.5m high, with a bronze kneeling angel on the front and a plaque that commemorates the victims of a failed assassination attempt on King Alfonso XII and his new bride, Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg on 31 May, 1906. 29 were killed and 200 wounded, in what is the second bloodiest attack in the history of the city.
It’s not a must-see but it is only a 5-10 min walk from the Royal Palace. If you are visiting the Palace then this statue links in neatly because this is where Alfonso XII and his wife were heading when the bomb attack happened. Newly married, they were in a wedding parade travelling from St Jeronimo’s church (next to the Prado) to the palace. There was a Royal Guard and 19 royal carriages. The streets were lined with cheering crowds, probably not unlike Prince Harry and Megan’s wedding.
Hiding away in a building overlooking the street, was a disgruntled anarchist, Mateu Morral who’d ferreted himself away at home and secretly made an Orsini style bomb which he then disguised it in a bouquet of flowers.
You can still see the spot where he hid to throw the bomb. Look across the road up at the top floor of number 84 Calle Mayor, and this is where he waited for his opportunity. However he didn't take the tangle of tram wires in the street into account and when he hurled his bomb, the wires deflected it so that it exploded into the crowd of well-wishers. The king and queen were unhurt, although her wedding dress was splattered with blood.
Chaos erupted and at first, Morral escaped but he was captured and died a few days later.
In a weird twist of history during the Second Spanish Republic (1931-1939), the authorities changed the name of the street to Calle Mateo Morral in honour of the anarchist who tried to kill the King of Spain. It was changed to Mayor St after the Civil War (1939).
Written November 18, 2020
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Jonty64
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Dec 2021
If you like history then this monument to the murdered soldiers and public in the attempted assassination of the newly crowned King & Queen in 1906 (Queen Ena was Queen Victoria's granddaughter) is a must. Opposite the monument at No.84 is where the bomb was thrown from the top floor.
Written December 4, 2021
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK614,009 contributions
Sep 2019 • Friends
Monumento De Victoria Eugenia Y Alfonso XIII is a very touching monument to the people killed 31st May 1906 when a bomb intended for Queen Victoria Eugenia and King Alfonso XIII on their wedding parade detonated into the crowd watching the parade.
It's an interesting monument, very poignant, it's an underplayed monument that has the beautiful Iglesia Catredral De Las Fuerzas Armadas as a stunning backdrop.
This very poignant memorial is easy to locate along Calle Mayor, most definitely well worth checking out if your in the area.
Written September 4, 2019
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia42,211 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
Monumento de Victoria Eugenia y Alfonso XIII is a monument not to the royals, but to the victims who were killed, in 1906, after a bomb, intended for the King and Queen, exploded into the crowd and killed several people. The Monument is on the side of the road, in front of the church there, but it is quite easy to miss, and it does not really seem to be very prominent. However if you are passing by you will probably see it, but it's not a must if you are not close by.
Written July 9, 2019
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Erwin
Antwerp, Belgium3,068 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
Monument located in the beginning of Cale Mayor (Cathedral side) in front of Iglesia cathedral de las Fuerzas Amadas
Written April 13, 2019
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK165,934 contributions
Apr 2019 • Solo
This monument stands in tribute to the victim of a bomb intended for Queen Victoria Eugenia and King Alfonso XIII on the occasion of their wedding parade. Instead, the bomb exploded into a crowd that were watching the royal carriage.

This monument is actually the second such monument, the original having been dismantled. The current monument is a bronze sculpture of an angel kneeling on one knee, holding a scroll in his hands. The sculpture sits atop a granite pedestal, on which is written the words "In memory of the victims of the attack against Their Majesties Don Alfonso XIII and Doña Victoria Eugenie on 31 May 1906".

The statue is easy to miss as it's well away from the main tourist attractions and not that obvious even from the main road. Not a must see, but it's a moving tribute and worth a quick look if in the area.
Written April 11, 2019
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK614,009 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
As we were visiting the beautiful Castrense Cathedral you cannot fail to see the beautiful and well detailed statue of Victoria Eugenia and Alfonso XIII ( Monumento A Victoria Eugenia Y Alfonso XIII ) .
This is a lovely monument,it commemorates the dreadful attack on the procession of the marriage of Victoria Eugenia to Alfonso XIII in which a bomb was thrown resulting in the deaths of people watching the procession on 31 May 1906.
A lovely memorial in a great area and well worth a visit, it's found on Calle Mayor.
Written June 12, 2018
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