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The Monumento a los Caídos por España (English: Monument to the Fallen for Spain), popularly known as the 'Obelisco' ("Obelisk") or the 'Monumento a los Héroes del Dos de Mayo' ("Monument to the Heroes of the Second of May"), is a monument in Madrid, Spain located in Plaza de la Lealtad, between the Madrid Stock Exchange Building and the Ritz Hotel, next to the Paseo del Prado.
The monument is built on the place where General Joachim Murat ordered the execution of numerous Spaniards after the Dos de Mayo Uprising of 1808. After various attempts to create a memorial as an homage to the participants of the uprising, the inauguration of the monument took place on May 2, 1840, the anniversary of the event. On November 22, 1985, King Juan Carlos I re-inaugurated the monument as a memorial to all those who gave their life for Spain, including those that died in conflicts other than the Peninsular War. Since then, a flame fuelled by gas has been constantly burning on the front of the monument. This parallels other war memorials around the world of national symbolic importance, frequently known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
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Originally the memorial, also known as the "Obelisco", commemorated the victims of the uprising on 2 May 1808 in Madrid against the French occupation. In 1985 it was re-inaugurated as a memorial to..... more »
Monumento a los Caidos por Espana is the Spanish Tomb of the unknown Soldier. It is in a lovely little park and is surrounded by a steel fence, and looks a bit out of bounds. This is in stark... more »
This Monument to the Fallen for Spain, colloquially known as the 'Obelisk' is the Madrid equivalent to the tomb of the unknown soldier. Originally intended to honour those who died in the Mayo uprising during the French occupation, it was re-dedicated to all fallen soldier of Spain, except for the aforementioned uprising. Like many such monuments, this also has an eternal flame. A worthy tribute to all of Spain's fallen.
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