Madrid – Álvaro de Bazán Statue

Located in the city’s historic Plaza de la Villa is this statue of Álvaro de Bazán. The square is currently being restored and so it’s not possible to get closer to the statue. It was added to the square in 1891 and was sculpted by Mariano Benlliure, who was also responsible for numerous other statues in Madrid.

Álvaro de Bazán lived from 1526 until 1588 and was one of the country’s most famous sailors, responsible for the Spanish Armada. It is said that he was never defeated in his time as an admiral and the navy still has ships named after him today.