Monumento a Filippo IV
Monumento a Filippo IV
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Neighbourhood: Austrias
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  • Ópera • 4 min walk
  • Santo Domingo • 7 min walk
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Jack
Old Bethpage, NY3,082 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The Monument to Philip IV of Spain is a huge statue of King Philip IV on a horse high up on a pedestal in the Plaza de Oriente in front of the Royal Palace. There is also a fountain in front of the statue which makes for good photos in front of the castle.
Written 27 June 2024
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand4,207 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
As equestrian statues go, this one is about as good as they come. Honoring Filipe IV, the statue standing in front of the Royal Palace in Madrid. Impressive!
Written 17 May 2024
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK830,496 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Arguably the most beautiful fountain and equestrian statue in Madrid is this structure in honour of Felipe IV.
An amazing looking equestrian statue and a fantastic water feature, its a fountain and statue that adds to the joy of walking around Plaza De Oriente, my twin brother Stephen and I were here as temperatures hit 105 degrees, the water feature looked so inviting, I took some photos before heading to Cerveceria 100 Montaditos close by for some cooling beers, well worth checking out if you're near Plaza De Oriente.
Written 25 August 2023
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digitalroc
Calgary, Canada2,069 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
A monument to Felipe IV is located in Plaza de Oriente, which is in front of the Royal Palace. Kings on horses, a theme you see at nearly every statue in Spain. Although, this one is a bit different as the entire weight of the sculpture is positioned on the two rear legs and tail of the horse. This sculptor started his work on the sculpture nearly 400 years ago, and at the time, it was never attempted before. It is worthy of some time to get a decent photo without tourists in the frame.
Written 28 July 2023
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia28,965 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
The statue if of King Filipe IV on a nag outside the Palace Real in some nice gardens atop a pleasant water feature-fountain. Filipe IV rule Spain fromm1621-1665 and also Portugal for some years . It is an interesting statue and water feature
Written 20 May 2023
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Malgorzata
12,086 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The equestrian statue of Philip IV stands in the center of the Plaza de Oriente. A wonderful and beautiful monument in front of the Royal Palace. It is the work of the Italian sculptor Pedro Tacca from 1640, it is 12 meters high and 17 in diameter. The statue sits atop a pedestal on which are various base reliefs. At the base of the pedestal,, the monument is guarded by four bronze lions, placed in a resting position on each corner. A wonderful place to see.
Written 24 January 2022
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,926 contributions
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Feb 2020
There are a lot of bloke-on-a-horse statues in Madrid. It’s a not so subtle way of referencing the power, authority and leadership that belonged to important men like kings. For the most part, they all look much the same. However this one of Felipe (Phillip) IV is quite unique. I liked it a lot.
What’s different is that the horse is rearing up on both hind legs. Apparently this was incredibly difficult to do, without the horse falling over. Apart from looking very dramatic and dynamic, it was hugely more expensive and was technically almost impossible to produce. It hadn’t been done before.
The idea was all Philip IV’s. He wanted a striking monument to rival his father’s statue in Plaza Mayor. Phillip however had no idea how it was to be done. He just wanted it. Getting what you want is one of the benefits of being king, I guess.
Unfortunately, the sculptor, Pietro Tacca, had no idea either. So he phoned a friend - Galileo. Luckily, Galileo being an astronomer, physicist and engineer, did have a few ideas. Galileo worked out the inclination and angles and after many complicated calculations, he came up with an ingenious solution. The weight was to be distributed over the horse with mathematical precision. The head would be very thin and the hindquarters and tail would be practically solid. The 8 tons of bronze would be reinforced with steel beams hidden within the sculpture. The tail would also provide an anchor point. It worked a treat.
Written 14 December 2020
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Jydeoo
Lagos, Nigeria2,311 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
This monument is encircled by a fountain pool and is located in the middle of the Plaza de Oriente (a kind of garden square). It is quite lovely, but is frequented by tourist. Well, I guess if you can't beat them, you join them. Consider getting a selfie here too.
Written 30 April 2020
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jonahNJ
Pennington, NJ11,812 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Across from the Royal Palace in Madrid and in the center of Plaza de Oriente is a large statue which honors Philip IV. During my visit, I learned that Philip IV had the honor of serving as King of both Spain and Portugal. However, as King of Portugal, he was known as Philip III.

This equestrian statue portrays Philip IV on horseback, with the horse rearing up, but Philip IV still in control. It is a large statue on top of a massive base with engravings. This statue is appropriately the centerpiece of Plaza de Oriente and well worth a visit if a journey brings you to this lovely plaza.
Written 7 April 2020
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Phi Somchai
Bangkok, Thailand3,752 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends

This is a statue of a famous and powerful Spanish king. The statue of the horse was ‘able to stand’ upright by using its hind legs and mane. It was quite a feat for a statue to stand during that time period.
Written 14 March 2020
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