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The Hanging Towers, Madrid December 27, 2016

Posted by anagasto in history, photography, Spain.
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The  Towers became famous both because of their engineering and because of the original owner’s controversial business style.

The towers hang from a platform, each floor suspended from steel cables.

Construction began with the concrete footings and two central pillars supporting the upper platform. The towers were built from top to bottom.

The thing at the top that looks like a plug was added later, I don’t know what for.
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(c) MAO

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Columbus monument Madrid Spain (c) MAO

There is Christopher Columbus, high up, and therefore just barely visible.

The plaza is called Columbus Square.

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(c) MAO Madrid

 

That nice big bus with a top floor is for people who need a rest, but want to see the city.

The bus is just turning into Columbus square, Plaza de Colón, photographed below.

That black cloud doesn’t necessarily mean rain. In Spain even the clouds love drama.

Sometimes I hear loud voices in the street and  – like Nasreddin  – I run to the window in the hope to  see a street fight, but it’s nothing. They are talking about their holidays.
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Below, in the middle of the photo, in front of a line of trees, you can see  some large grey blocks of concrete.

They represent Columbus’ famous three ships crossing the ocean:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Plaza_de_Col%C3%B3n_%28Madrid%29_06.jpg by Enrique Dans from Madrid (Spain) published under CC Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

These are the same famous three ships  sailing past the Kennedy space center photographed by NASA: the Santa María, the Nina, and the Pinta.
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http://mix.msfc.nasa.gov/IMAGES/HIGH/9265044.jpg see copyright notification
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Columbus ships monuments Madrid Spain

On the blocks, those inscriptions, are the names of the men who traveled in those ships, and there are messages from all the Latin American countries.
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The picture is from the GPS Madrid photo collection at http://webdax.homepage.t-online.de/GPSGuideMadrid/. It is the best site to see and remember Madrid if you can’t go there right now.

 

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