Please do not use my photos without permission (even the watermarked ones). If you wish to avail of my non-watermarked images, you may contact me for a copy. See my Contact page for details. As promised, I went to visit the historical places in Madrid that has to do with Jose Rizal. Before going there, I have printed this useful file that you can get from the web site of the Philippine Embassy in Madrid.
I tried to contact the historian Jaime Marco, the author of this document to know more about it. He was quite friendly and willing to meet and tour me around. Unfortunately, he’s only available during the weekend, and my trip schedule fell on weekdays.
I was able to see most of the places in the list in such a short time because they were mostly located close to each other.
It’s nice to have a Metro Station in Madrid named after the Philippines
First off, I went to Avenida de las Islas de Filipinas to see Jose Rizal’s statue. This statue is just like the one that we have in Luneta (Rizal Park) in the Philippines, only smaller.
This metro station is found right at the beginning of the Avenida de las Islas de Filipinas
It is quietly located outside the city center, far away from the tourist sites. You will find it just at the beginning of the Avenida de Filipinas, about 500 meters away. Jose Rizal’s Monument is right at the corner of Calle Santander.
The exact replica of the monument found in Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines, only smaller
Seeing it made me feel as if I was back at Luneta Park again. It is the exact copy, except that this replica is a bit smaller and there were no guards on either side of the statue. On one side of the monument, you will find his famous poem, Mi Ultimo Adios (Last Farewell) in the original Spanish version and the Filipino translation on the other side.
I was blessed with a really warm sunny weather in Madrid.
Passersby were staring at me while I took lots of pictures of the monument from every angle 😀
From Avenida de las Islas de Filipinas, I took the Metro towards Solstation. I had to make two transfers, I think. Exiting the Sol Metro Station brings you to Puerta del Sol. From there, you walk towards Calle San Jeronimo, and there you will find the streets that lead to Jose Rizal’s old apartment, and the places that he used to frequent with Juan Luna and all his other friends.
Hotel Ingles at C/ Echegaray
Walking the streets of Calle Echegaray leads to Hotel Ingles, where the Filipino community in Madrid celebrated their most important events, according to the Philippine Embassy’s document.
Viva Madrid bar and restaurant, frequented by Rizal back in the day
I was hesitating to go inside Viva Madrid. there didn’t seem to be a lot of people as it is still early evening, and it was a weekday. This area is lined with a lot of nice restaurants and bars actually. It’s not so far away from where I was staying.
It looks really nice and cozy inside
I went farther down towards Calle del Prado to see Ateneo de Madrid, where Rizal studied English.
Ateneo de Madrid
Still farther down towards Calle Atocha, I went to see where used to be the publication office of La Solidaridad, the first ever Filipino newspaper.
C/ Atocha 43, used to be the La Solidaridad publication office
I found out that it is now a tapas bar undergoing reconstruction inside. Not a very pretty site, but I was still so much in awe and felt really privileged to have seen and visited the place.
Not a very pretty sight nowadays
It felt so surreal to me, walking around the areas in Madrid where Rizal had walked a century before. it made me feel like I was transported back in time. It was more than marvelous.