San Isidro and the Missing Dahlias


This statue of San Isidro stands in the dahlia gardens, the Dalieda de San Francisco, next to the Real Basílica de San Francisco el Grande in Madrid.  If you can drag your eyes away from the stunning sky, there is a panoramic view of Madrid beyond.

Sadly, both the dahlia gardens and the statue seem to have fallen prey to the economic crisis; the statue was covered in graffiti, the dahlias were long dead.

Very sad, especially when you can see from the signs that this was once a beautiful garden.



Note: these photos are from my visits in November 2013 and April 2014.
Linked to Skywatch Friday and Blue Monday.

16 thoughts on “San Isidro and the Missing Dahlias

  1. I enjoyed your shares. Happy Blue Monday! It is sad that many things are neglected today. I hate seeing tagging or vandalism! I think if a person has an artistic side go hone your skill. Don’t destroy something people enjoy seeing and someone worked hard to create. Argh…..I really enjoyed this visit! Come visit soon.

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  2. Hi Debbie,

    Yes, it is a sad. I don’t know what people are thinking when they choose to deface something so lovely. Thanks for sharing.

    Happy Blue Monday!


  3. Such a shame. And like Jim I hate this kind of unnecessary graffiti too. This reminds me of the Botanical Garden in the centre of Lisbon – another casualty of the economic situation in Europe. But fortunately although the graffiti is everywhere in the city, this place seems to have avoided it (perhaps because it’s hard to find!) You can read about it here:


    1. Oh dear, I’ve been to see your post. The Lisbon gardens will need a lot more money to resurrect them than this fairly small garden in Madrid. Let’s hope things get better for the people of both these countries soon.

      On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 12:07 AM, Travel with Intent wrote:



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