Sunday, August 1, 2010

El Oso de Madrid

This statue of the bear and the strawberry tree is located in the Plaza Puerto del Sol in Madrid, Spain.  It was never clear to me how or why these two icons combined were symbols of Madrid.

Some claim there used to be lots of bears in the area and the madron (strawberry tree) sounds like the name "Madrid".  More believable is that they are physical representations of the original coat of arms of Madrid.  Check it out here

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