Ferrol - Urban History
Monument to Sánchez Barcaiztegui (2003)

During the first two decades of the Restoration the city council built public monuments, developing a nationalist rhetoric linked to the Navy, which was seen as a defender of the city, the country, and the colonial empire. In 1881 King Alfonso XII visited Ferrol and unveiled a monument in the 'Alameda' dedicated to Victoriano Sánchez Barcaíztegui, a native of the city who was Commander of the Dockyards in 1872 during the republican insurrection, which he opposed. Barcaiztegui was later Commander-in-Chief of the Northern Navy forces, and died in action in the closing stages of the Third Carlist War, whilst fighting for King Alfonso's claim to the throne.

Photograph by the author