Amazing model from 1779 now housed in the Museo de la Cortes. Hanging above the model is an iconic picture depicting the presentation of the 1812 constitution to the King, I think. Two years later in 1814 the (new?) King ripped it up, if not literally then metaphorically. The Spanish finally wrestled a democratic constitution back onto the statute books (is that physically possible or indeed desirable – I should avoid metaphors like the plague*) in 1978 in the post Franco period. However, the 1812 constitution is to the Spaniards what Magna Carta is to the British (I suppose) and it is particularly revered in South America where many of the newly independent countries of that continent adopted the constitution as their own during the course of the 19th century. Please do bear in mind that I am a French teaching cycling author (with a degree in Mathematics). Some of what I have just written may not be true. I’m not Wikipedia. Oh, hang on… (*That’s a simile, no? Am I trying to be too clever for my own good?)
Looking carefully at the model, you can clearly see the trapezoid-shaped plaza that I wrote about yesterday, the Plaza Montidero.