Monument to Vasco Núñez de Balboa (Madrid)

Madrid, Spain

Monument to Vasco Núñez de Balboa (Madrid)

The Statue of Vasco Núñez de Balboa is an instance of public art in Madrid, Spain. Located in the Ciudad Universitaria, next to the Museum of the Americas, it consists of a bronze sculpture of Vasco Núñez de Balboa, best known for his exploration across the Isthmus of Panama and the discovery of the Pacific Ocean.

The inception of the idea traces back to the 6th Congress of the Postal Union of the Americas and Spain celebrated in 1952. It received support from a number of Spanish ministerial departments. It can be considered part of a plan of Francoist regime for the construction of memorials in the Spanish capital trying to complement its programme of Ibero-American cooperation with symbolical content, also featuring other works dedicated to the likes of Simón Bolívar, José de San Martín, José Gervasio Artigas, Rubén Darío, Andrés Bello or the Hispanidad itself.

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