The Monumento Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz a Madrid is located at Calle de Ferraz, 4, on the edges of Parque del Oeste. The statue is a replica of one located in Mexico City made by Enrique Fernández. The statute was inaugurated on 19 October 1981. Juana Inés de la Cruz was a nun born on 12 November 1648 in San Miguel Nepantla, Nueva España. She was also a poet, writer, musician and composer whose writings condemned misogynistic practices on the part of society, and the hypocrisy of men when it came to issues of infidelity. There has been much speculation that she was likely a lesbian, which explains why she entered a convent, her feminist perspectives and her close relationships with other women. Irrespective of whether or not she was a lesbian, she was an influential figure for Spanish lesbians in the late 1600s and into the Second Republic period.

Cuartel de la Montaña was a military installation located near Plaza de España off Calle de Ferraz and Calle del Profesor Martín Almagro Basch. It was constructed between 1860 and 1836 on the site where Napolean’s troops shot members of the 1808 uprising, which before that was a farm on the edge of the city. Funding for the installation came largely from the sale of land confiscated during what was known as the Confiscation of Madoz. When completed, the site had the capacity to house a garrison of 2,600 to 3,000 infantrymen, light infantry and engineers. Following the end of the Civil War, the site was demolished and all that remains is a monument constructed in 1972 to the members of the military who died there at the beginning of the war off Calle de Ferraz. All that remains of the original site is a set of stairs in the same area. In July 1936, at the beginning of the war in Madrid, members of quickly formed militias and others in the city assembled in Plaza de España before eventually storming the site. Among those participating were anarchist and Mujeres Libres co-founder Lucía Sánchez Saornil.

Placa a la Memoria de Carmen Conde is at Calle de Ferraz, 67. The plaque says, “Aquí vivió desde 1949 hasta 1992 la escritora Carmen Conde primera mujer que ingresó en la Real Academia Española.” Translated, it means, “Here lived from 1949 to 1992 the writer Carmen Conde, the first woman admited to the Royal Spanish Academy.”

Alphaville, located at Calle de Martín de los Heros, 14, is a cinema in Madrid. For over ten years, it had a midnight showing of Pedro Almodóvar’s 1982 Laberinto de pasiones, a screwball comedy that featured a sex addicted pop star.

The 2016 Madrid pride festivities included a 1 July showing of the French lesbian film, La belle saison, at Cines Golem Madrid, located at Calle de Martín de los Heros, 14.


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