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Jeff Wiseman 1305 29th of April 2013 by editor 29th of April 2013
Top ten: streets of honour

There are many calles in Madrid named in honour of famous people. Jeff Wiseman selects some of the more curious examples, most paying tribute to individuals beyond the borders of Spain:

1. Calle Tintin y Milu—near Alameda de Osuna Metro, Madrid has a street dedicated to cartoon heroes Tintin and Snowy! We await a similar honour for Captain Haddock or the Thomson twins.

2. Calle de Marx—located near Alcobendas, close to the Cercania Cantoblanco Universidad. We’re assuming it’s after Karl rather than Groucho, as surrounding calles are named Newton, Einstein, Darwin, Kant, and Freud.

3. Calle Victor Hugo—the French novelist, whose works include Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, has a street just off Gran Vía. Perhaps the call here would be “The traffic, the traffic!” rather than “The bells, the bells!”

4. Calle Ernest Hemingway—not too far from Plaza Eliptica Metro. Considering Mr Hemingway’s love of Spain, it’s hardly surprising that he has his own street. Nice to know there’s a connection between the late old man and the “c” (for calle).

5. Calle Romeo y Julieta—wherefore art thou? Located between the Cercania stations of Asamblea de Madrid-Entrevias and El Pozo. In fact, we think this is probably more film related, as surrounding streets include Calle Cleopatra, Calle el Padrino (The Godfather), Calle la Reina de Africa (The African Queen), and Calle Cenicienta (Cinderella). 

6. Paseo John Lennon—the famous Beatle has his own Paseo (and quite a long one, too) in Getafe, close to the Alonso de Mendoza Metro station. He’s in good company because not too far away are the calles Beethoven, Wagner, Strauss, Chopin, Vivaldi, and Mahler. Let it be.

7. Calle Presidente Kennedy—Getafe again, although this time close to the Getafe Central Metro. As far as we know, there are no conspiracy theories about the naming.

8. Avenida Albert Einstein—San Fernando de Henares hosts Albert Einstein Avenue. No clues as to whether the decision to use the scientist’s name was taken lightly, or with gravity.

9. Calle de Alejandro Dumas—the author of The Three Musketeers has his street close to Atlético’s Vicente Calderon stadium. All for one, and one for all!

10. Calle Asterix—Tintin is not alone! In Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Asterix has his own street, which is parallel to Calle Obelix! But we don’t have any pix. Sorry, pics. (Calle Zipi y Zape, named after two famous Spanish cartoon characters, is close by.)

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