SAN ISIDRO LABRADOR – PATRÓN DE LOS AGRICULTORES DEL MUNDO Y PATRÓN TAMBIÉN DE MADRID – CAPITAL DE ESPAÑA)

Isidro Labrador, patrón de Madrid y de los trabajadores del campo, de los agricultores y de los ingenieros agrónomos (c. a. 1080-1130) La vida de Isidro Labrador fue menos relevante desde el punto de vista político y social que la de su contemporáneo Olaguer († 1137), primer obispo de Barcelona y posteriormente titular de la…

GASTRONOMÍA DE MADRID

Gastronomy Madrid traditional gastronomy is part of the Castilian gastronomy, of which it preserves culinary characteristics inherited from the time of Philip II: Cocido madrileño Callos a la madrileña Sopa de ajo (garlic soup) Casquería (offal) Tortilla de patatas (potatoes omelette) Bocadillo de calamares (squid baguette) Patatas bravas Chopitos Gallinejas Some of these ‘typical from…

LITERATURA_JACINTO BENAVENTE (MADRID) 

JACINTO BENAVENTE   Jacinto Benavente (1866-1954, Madrid) was a Spanish writer, critic and dramatist. The relevance of his lengthy work lies in the introduction of European notions and influence on Spanish theatre. Benavente has been criticized because of the frivolous and sardonic spirit of his plays. However, we cannot take importance away from his role as…

LITERATURA_RAMÓN DE MESONERO ROMANOS (MADRID)

RAMÓN DE MESONERO ROMANOS Ramón de Mesonero Romanos was born in Madrid, on 19 July 1803, at Olivo Street, a typical street from Madrid that later will change its name for the author’s surnames. He died in the same city, on 30 April 1882. Due to his father’s death, he had to take charge of…

LITERATURA_PEDRO CALDERÓN DE LA BARCA (MADRID)

PEDRO CALDERÓN DE LA BARCA Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Spanish writer, poet and dramatist of the Spanish Golden Age. On 17 January 1600, he was born in Madrid, into a noble family. He attended the Jesuits Imperial College (Colegio Imperial de los Jesuitas), where he studied the Latin classic poets. In 1614, he studied…

RATONCITO PÉREZ (MADRID_ PERSONAJES ILUSTRES)

The Ratoncito Pérez The Ratoncito Pérez is one of the most generous and likeable characters from Madrid. It is well-known in the whole country. Every child has sometime received the visit of this mouse. The Ratón Pérez appears only when a child lose a milk tooth. The child has to put the tooth under the…

HISTORIA DE LUIS CANDELAS (MADRID_PERSONAJES ILUSTRES)

Luis Candelas’ story In the first years of 1800, Luis Candelas Cagigal is born. He is a lad that grows up with bandit fame and profession. Wearing turquoise blue jacket, Mahón trousers and Corinto belt, Candelas became a famous personality, stealing in establishments and assaulting stagecoaches. After his robberies, he goes to the Arco de…

LEYENDAS DE MADRID_EL BARRIO DE LOS COMEDIANTES Y DE LOS LITERATOS

The comedians and authors’ neighborhood Better known as the ‘Barrio de las Letras’, it is located between the plaza de Benavente, calle de la Cruz, Carrera de San Jerónimo, the Prado down to the Carlos V roundabout, and calle de Atocha to go back to plaza de Benavente. In this space lived great geniuses of…

LEYENDAS DE LA AGORERA (LEYENDAS DE MADRID)

The Legend of the ‘Agorera’ It is said that, long time ago, the street of Núñez de Arce was called street of the Gorguera. This legend is about an inhabitant of this street. Her name was María Mola. She had dedicated her young days to prostitution, and then her maturity to sorcery. One day, a…

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