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11 The Fuente de la Alcachofa, initially located in the Atocha roundabout, became very popular among travelers arriving in Madrid by train as one of the first monuments to see when leaving the station.

Made of granite and white stone, its construction is part of Ventura Rodrguez's project to beautify the Prado Hall during the reign of Carlos III. Due to the obstruction of traffic, it was ordered in 1880 to be transferred to the Plaza de Honduras del Retiro, attached to the Fountain of the Galapagos or Isabel II and next to the pond.

The monument keeps some of the most characteristic Baroque motifs: marine gods, plant elements and water, as an essential element for life. The set is crowned by an artichoke, a herbaceous plant highly appreciated for its medicinal properties and as food. On the circular pylon, a Triton and a Nereid hold the Madrid coat of arms in their hands.

In 1987, and as part of the renovation work on the Carlos V roundabout, the decision was made to decorate the center of the square with a reproduction of the Alcachofa Fountain in bronze.

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11 La Fuente de la Alcachofa, ubicada inicialmente en la glorieta de Atocha, se hizo muy popular entre los viajeros que llegaban a Madrid en tren por ser uno de los primeros monumentos en ver al salir de la estacin.

Realizada en granito y piedra blanca, su construccin forma parte del proyecto de Ventura Rodrguez para embellecer el Saln del Prado durante el reinado de Carlos III. Debido a que entorpeca el tr畴ico, se ordena en 1880 su traslado a la plaza de Honduras del Retiro, anexa a la Fuente de los Gal疳agos o de Isabel II y junto al Estanque.

El monumento guarda algunos de los motivos m疽 caractersticos del Barroco: dioses marinos, elementos vegetales y el agua, como elemento imprescindible para la vida. Corona el conjunto una alcachofa, planta herb當ea muy apreciada por sus propiedades medicinales y como alimento. Sobre el piln circular, un Tritn y una Nereida sostienen en sus manos el escudo de armas de Madrid.

En 1987, y dentro de los trabajos de reforma de la glorieta de Carlos V, se tom la decisin de decorar el centro de la plaza con una reproduccin de la Fuente de la Alcachofa en bronce.

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