Friday, 24 August 2012

Piety in the streets

The people who named the streets around this part of Madrid — between Puerta del Sol and Lavapiés — must have been particularly pious.  At least to look at the names of the streets you'd think so.  Here are a few examples (all preceded by "Calle de/del/de la"):

Amor de Dios(Love of God)
Ave María(Hail Mary)
Jesús y María(Jesus and Mary)
la Magdalena(Mary Magdalene)
la Fe(Faith)
Calvario(Calvary)
la Cruz(the [Holy] Cross)
la Cabeza(the Head [of John the Baptist])

And that's not to mention all the saints (Santa Ana, Santa María, San Agustín, San Eugenio, et al).

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