Some interesting things about Madrid
"Gatos" from Madrid: The demonym for someone from Madrid is "madrileño" or "matritense". Historically, the inhabitants of Madrid have also been called "gatos" (cats); the reason was, in the conquest of the city by Alfonso VI to muslims, his troops climbed the wall like felines.
A monumental fountain: In the central Opera Station exists a hidden jewel: the fountain of the Caños del Peral, a small monument from the 17th century located under the Plaza de Isabel II. It was originally part of an Arab bath and is one of the first fountains in the city. Next to it was an aqueduct called Amaniel, which supplied water to the Royal Palace. As a result of the works in the area in the early 19th century, it was decided to bury the fountain. At the beginning of the s. XXI some reforms in the suburbs rediscovered it.
Table football: Madrid, 1936, in the middle of the Civil War. In the middle of the fighting, the Galician poet Alejandro Campos Ramírez was wounded and hospitalised in the capital. There he met many mutilated people, many of them children. So that they could be happy again and continue playing football, he designed the table football and his friend Francisco Javier Altuna built it. The game was patented a year later at Finisterre.
The Fallen Angel: There are few outdoor sculptures are dedicated to Lucifer in the world and one of them is in Madrid. The Retiro Park hides this jewel of Ricardo Bellver, installed to be admired since 1885. The controversy has always accompanied this image which, in addition, is located at an official topographic altitude of 666 meters above sea level.
Egyptian Temple in Madrid: We talk about the Temple of Debod, a gift from the Egyptian government to thank Spain for its help and commitment to save the temples of Nubia (which were to disappear with the construction of the Asian dam). The sunset from there is one of the best in the capital.
School of Medicine: In 1843, only the Madrid and Barcelona Colleges of Surgery were awarded the category of Faculty of Medicine. 2 years later, the University of Madrid (Faculty of Medicine of San Carlos) was granted the privilege of being the only one for the teaching of studies and doctoral degrees for all Spanish doctors. In this faculty there were outstanding professors such as Santiago Ramón y Cajal who brought fresh air to Spanish research.