Sitting with Satan,
Lounging with Lucifer,
Digesting Dinner with the Devil.
That’s what I was doing in the very Catholic country of Spain.
In Madrid’s largest park, Parque del Buen Retiro(Park of the Pleasant Retreat), I was pleasantly retreating from the crowds of the city after stuffing myself in a Tapas bar for less than 4 euros.
It was in this park that I saw a statue that I never thought I’d see.
A statue of the fallen angel, Lucifer. AKA: Fuente del Angel Caido.
It rightfully sits in La Plaza del Angel Caido.
Spanish sculptor Ricardo Bellver created it in 1877 from his inspiration of John Milton’s “Paradise Lost”, where Lucifer is cast out of Heaven.
The statue depicts Lucifer with snakes wrapped around him as he looks upwards in terror as he falls from the sky.
He is positioned atop a octagonal pedestal, designed by Francisco Jareno.
The base has devil figures on each side clutching onto lizards, snakes, and fish.
Surprisingly the church has never protested the statue because it does not glorify Satan.
As they say, it is “a faithful representation of the story of the Bible.”
Unsurprisingly though, the statue is not a tourist attraction and it does not even have a identifying label to explain what it is.
The lack of description results in many people confusing the statue as Cupid.
I recommend checking it out if you like to tell your friends about random things you’ve seen on vacation.
You know…. like statues of Satan…. that actually sit 666 meters above sea level(that IS true by the way).
Have you ever seen the Fuente del Angel Caido in Madrid and thought it was Cupid?
Let me read about random discoveries you’ve found from your travels in the comments section below.
My name is Jeremiah and I'm an Arizona desert rat in search of the next adrenaline pumping adventure.
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