Spain

Spain has some of the finest and oldest equestrian statues: Philip III by the famous Giambologna and his pupil Pietro Tacca, the first large and monumental statue ever of a rearing horse with rider, and Philip IV, also by Pietro Tacca. Both these statues are in Madrid. Spain is also the only country to have passed a law that requires the removal of all the statues of a specific person, in this case General Franco. The statues in Spain can be categorized into statues portraying heroes from the Reconquista, rulers of the Spanish empire, and the Bourbons and leading men in the war of the Spanish succession.