The Fallen Angel

Built in 1877 by Spanish sculptor Ricardo Bellver, The Fallen Angel is one of the most controversial monuments in Spain, and arguably the only public statue in the world dedicated to the devil himself.

Inspired by John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost, the remarkable work of art depicts Lucifer falling from Heaven, being especially intriguing as it rises 666m above the sea level.

The Fallen Angel

Ricardo Bellver has been commissioned by the Duke of Fernán Núñez to create this one-of-a-kind statue, and although it sparked a big scandal at that time, the dramatic sculpture proved to be a great success, obtaining the First Medal at the Spanish National Fine Arts Exhibition in 1878.

The same year, Bellver’s Fallen Angel was cast in bronze for the grand Exposition Universelle, better known as the third Paris World’s Fair, and a couple of years later the Prado Museum released it to The City of Madrid.

Fountain of the Fallen Angel

Today, the statue of The Fallen Angel is displayed in the beautiful Parque del Buen Retiro in Madrid, where it stands on a beautiful pedestal flanked by gargoyles spouting water in a lovely fountain, unsurprisingly called Fountain of the Fallen Angel.

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    1. Actually, the information above is correct, as stated in Frommer’s and Lonely Planet travel guides, and also in many other online and offline publications, including Wikipedia. If you have other information, please let me know.

    2. Having just been to Madrid and walking through the lowest parts and highest parts of Madrid that in fact, i can see that the information is possible that this statue could be 666m above sea level. However, putting aside all the believers and non believers this statue is indeed intriguing especially when you capture the sunset right behind the statue.

  1. The lower place of Madrid is 582m (Barajas), the Plaza de la Villa is 646, 4m above the sea level, and the highest place is the Barrio de Fuencarral 742, so it is in fact perfectly possible.

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