Madrid Sights

Plaza del 2 de Mayo

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

On this unassuming square stood the Monteleón Artillery barracks, where some brave Spanish soldiers and citizens fought Napoléon's invading troops on May 2, 1808. The arch that now stands in the middle of the plaza was once at the entrance of the old barracks, and the sculpture under the arch represents captains Daoiz and Velarde. All the surrounding streets carry the names of that day's heroes. The plaza, now filled with spring and summer terraces, makes a good place to stop for a drink. One of the most popular cafés, Pepe Botella, carries the demeaning nickname the people of Madrid gave to Joseph Bonaparte, Napoléon's brother, who ruled Spain from 1808 to 1813: Botella ("bottle" in English) is a reference to his falsely alleged fondness for drink.

Sight Information

Address:

Madrid, 28004, Spain

Published 08/18/2015

Advertisement

What's Nearby

  • Restaurants
  • Sights
  • Hotels

See all sights in Madrid

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?

Experience

Ease

Value

Don't Miss

No Thanks