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Queen Isabella (1451-1504) - Washington, D.C.
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 38° 53.572 W 077° 02.382
18S E 323104 N 4306865
Quick Description: Statue of Queen Isabella I of Castile, she was most known for her patronage of Columbus, leading to the discovery of the New World. She is also credited with laying the groundwork for the unification of Spain.
Location: District of Columbia, United States
Date Posted: 11/24/2013 9:12:10 PM
Waymark Code: WMJJGH
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 5

Long Description:

Standing statue of Queen Isabella with her hands at her waist. She is holding a pomegranate with a dove on top. She is wearing the crown of Castile and a long robe with the crests of Aragon and Leon. The bronze statue stands on a base inscribed:

YSABEL I LA CATOLICA
REINA DE CASTILLA
DE ARAGON
DE LAS ISLAS
Y TIERRA FIRME
DEL MAR OCEANO

Translated:
ISABEL I CATHOLIC
QUEEN OF CASTILE
ARAGON
ISLAND
MAINLAND AND
DEL MAR OCEAN

The statue was donated by the Institute of Hispanic Culture of Madrid and by the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fernado Maria Castiella y Maiz.  The statue was restored in 2010 and is in excellent condition.

More about Queen Isabella from Wikipedia:

Isabella I (Spanish: Isabel I, Old Spanish: Ysabel I; 22 April 1451 – 26 November 1504), also known as Isabella the Catholic, was queen of Castile and León (Crown of Castile). She and her husband, Ferdinand II of Aragon, brought stability to the kingdoms that became the basis for the political unification of Spain under their grandson, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. After a struggle to claim her right to the throne, she reorganized the governmental system, brought the crime rate to the lowest it had been in years, and unburdened the kingdom of the enormous debt her brother had left behind. Her reforms and those she made with her husband had an influence that extended well beyond the borders of their united kingdoms. Isabella and Ferdinand are known for completing the Reconquista, ordering conversion or exile of their Muslim and Jewish subjects and for supporting and financing Christopher Columbus' 1492 voyage that led to the opening of the "New World". Isabella was granted the title Servant of God by the Catholic Church in 1974.

TITLE: Queen Isabella (1451-1504)

ARTIST(S): Jose Luis Sanchez

DATE: Dedicated April 14, 1966.

MEDIUM: Sculpture: bronze; Base: marble.

CONTROL NUMBER: IAS 78250016

Direct Link to the Individual Listing in the Smithsonian Art Inventory: [Web Link]

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
Pan American Union Building 17th Street & Constitution Avenue, N.W. Washington, District of Columbia


DIFFERENCES NOTED BETWEEN THE INVENTORY LISTING AND YOUR OBSERVATIONS AND RESEARCH:
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