And so, in the rose garden in El Retiro Park is a statue of the devil, or to be exact, El Angel Caido. This is the only statue of its kind in Europe, and it is placed at the head of the impressive fountain in the south part of the park, and brings many statue enthusiasts from around the city.
This statue of the devil was created by the Spanish artist Ricardo Bellver. This is a unique statue that is dedicated to the devil, and as far as is known, is the only one of its kind in all of Europe.
The Spanish sculptor Ricardo Bellver identified in the 19th century with the "Paradise Lost," the famous epic by John Milton. Bellver decided to shake away the traditional definition of the devil as a living creature with horns, and sculpted it in a way described by Milton, and much closer to the actual description. The sculpture describes how the devil was thrown from the sky, in the form of a beautiful but corrupt angel. This is after he revolted against God as an angel and was punished for his pride.
In 1874 Bellver completed the statue that describes the dramatic fall. Many of Madrid's residents were shocked by the devil statue that was placed in their city, in the loved El Retiro Park. However the statue has won different awards, and today Madrid is proud to be the only city with the monument to the devil.