The Monument to Alfonso is a marble and bronze monument in Buen Retiro Park in the Spanish capital, Madrid. A competition was held to design a monument for King Alfonso XII in 1902, it was won by Jose Grases Villa, whose design consisted of a grand colonnade with an equestrian statue of the king surrounded by sculptures alongside a pond. The original design winner and architect died and the project was taken on by another architect who kept to the same design and used the planned marble and bronze materials. The monument was completed and opened in 1922. The monument is 30 meters high, 86 meters long, and 58 meters wide.
The monument is situated near the centre of Buen Retiro Park. The park is situated on the edge of the city centre and is accessible by the Madrid subway system with its closest stop being ‘Retiro Station’ on line two of the system.
Opening Times and Admission
The park is open to the public every day of the year with opening times set at 7 am to 12 am in the summer and 7 am to 10 pm in the winter.