19 Jul | MRT | No Comments

The work of Sabatini in Madrid, The puerta de Alcalá

Francesco Sabatini (Palermo, 1722-Madrid, 1797) was, as I had mentioned in previous articles, a Sicilian architect who had a great influence on Madrid’s architecture during the reign of Charles III. In my upcoming articles, I’ll be going a little more in-depth, without overbearing the reader, on some of his works in Madrid. The puerta de ...

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21 Jun | MRT | No Comments

Francesco Sabatini: the mark of a sicilian architect on Madrid

As I had mentioned in my previous article, Francesco Sabatini had, without a shadow of a doubt, an extremely important  influence on architecture during the reign of Charles III and very much so on the appearance and renewal of the city of Madrid during the 18th century. His influence is still very much present and …

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7 Jun | MRT | No Comments

Architecture in the reign of Charles III: Francesco Sabatini

As I had previously commented in a prior article published in this blog, Charles III was the Viceroy of Naples and Sicily before the deaths of his older brothers Louis and Ferdinand (both left no heirs to the throne) and his father, King Philip V. Upon his father’s death, Charles returns to Spain in 1759 …

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24 May | MRT | No Comments

Charles III of Spain and the concept of enlightened absolutism

To be able to better understand the reign of Charles III and its influence on Madrid, we have to understand his mentality and how it affected his decision-making which, in turn, would leave its mark on not only how Madrid would look but also influence the lifestyle of its inhabitants.   Enlightened Absolutism was a …

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10 May | MRT | No Comments

Charles III. Madrid’s best mayor

Spain has had a number of kings who have definitely left their mark on Madrid. Charles III was the third son of Philip V, the first king of the Bourbon dynasty whose monarchy begins in 1700 and ends in 1746, was certainly one of them. At the young age of fifteen, he’s sent to reign …

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