The Fountain of the Fallen Angel

Fuente del Ángel Caído, Madrid Spain, Fountain of the Fallen Angel

Sculptor Ricardo Bellver’s 1877 statue was inspired by a passage in John Milton’s “Paradise Lost.”

We’re big fans of the unusual and the unique. If it happens to be taboo, too, then all the better. As one of the only public tributes to Satan anywhere in the world, Fuente del Ángel Caído (Fountain of the Fallen Angel) in Madrid’s Buen Retiro Park scores on both counts.

Rising an appropriate 666 meters above sea level, the statute of an angel bound by a snake, hair seemingly ablaze, falling backwards from the heavens is a striking sight. Even more so when the clouds cooperate the way they did on our visit.

But when our camera unexpectedly failed while shooting Lucifer, we decided we had lingered long enough.

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5 Comments on “The Fountain of the Fallen Angel”

  1. Jason April 11, 2014 at 7:32 am #

    Hi Guys,

    Yet another well captured image. But no comments… from more 7000 followers of your entertaining and informative blog. Uncomfortable with the subject matter perhaps?

    Cheers,

    Jason

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    • Brian April 11, 2014 at 11:20 am #

      I had the same idea. Apparently no sympathy for the devil here.

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  2. Jason April 11, 2014 at 7:33 am #

    ps. Is the camera ok?

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    • Brian April 11, 2014 at 11:21 am #

      It seems to be. That was the one and only time it failed on me. Spooky.

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