Photographer's Note

Plaza Isabel La Catolica is a square in the Spanish city of Granada in Southern Spain.

Created in 1962 to ease traffic circulation, it stands at the beginning of Reyes Católicos street, at the intersection with Gran Vía and Pavaneras street, opposite the Santander bank building, Its construction resulted in the demolition of the Gran Capitán Theater, the Luque Palace and the old Post Office building plus some houses dating from the 16th century.

At the back of the square was later built a huge mirrored building for the bank of Santander. This building clearly breaks the historicist, eclectic and pseudo-modernist aesthetic that reigns in the buildings of the Gran Via.

To mitigate the architectural impact of the bank building a bronze sculpture of Queen Isabel la Católica and Cristóbal Colón was moved from the Paseo del Salón. This sculptural ensemble, made in Rome in 1892, the work of the sculptor Mariano Benlliure, represents Queen Isabel the Catholic accepting the proposals of Christopher Columbus that led to his discoveries in the New World.

The above was taken from an article on Spanish Wikipedia as roughly translated by Google Language Tools.

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