Toledo Bridge
Looking north across this pedestrian-only bridge you can see Puerta de Toledo (Gateway to Toledo) (partially obscured by a tree) in the distance. This bridge crosses the Manzanares River which ran along the western border of the original walled city of Madrid and formed part of its natural defenses. The Moors recognized this when, in the 9th century, they built their defensive fortress (alcázar) on high ground there just to the east of the Manzanares. Today the Royal Palace stands on the site of this old fort.

Notice the two elaborate structures on opposites sides of the bridge in the center. These are arched constructions which shield statues sculpted by Juan Ron: Saint Isidro (left), San Isidro the patron saint of Madrid, and Saint Mary (right), Santa María de la Cabeza.

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