A nameless watchmaker keeps an eye on Madrid’s Calle de la Sal (Salt Street), less than a block from the Plaza Mayor. He’s only sort-of-nameless. People call him the Salt Street Watchmaker.
He’s an automaton, perched on a balcony over an old clock and watch store with a carillon, Antigua Relojeria. He’s a become a favorite character of locals and visitors alike, as people stop underneath him and every half-hour to watch him come to life to work on his timepiece. Sometimes he even moves a little between those times; staying still must be boring even for a mechanical man. The music that plays for him is “Madrid” from a traditional Madrid zarzuela (operetta), with lyrics that literally sing the praises of the city.
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|Convent of the Holy Spirit Crypts||2019||0.8km||site_ao|
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|Madrid’s Walk of Fame||2018||1.2km||site_ao|
|San Antonio de los Alemanes||2018||0.8km||site_ao|
|‘Witches’ Sabbath (The Great He-Goat)’||2018||1.2km||site_ao|
|An Archaeological Museum Inside a Madrid Subway Station||2018||0.4km||site_ao|
|The Royal Quartet at the Palace of Madrid||2017||0.7km||site_ao|
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