THE FOREST OF THE DEPARTED (BOSQUE DE LOS ASUENTES)
Type: Physical memorial
es: Bosque de los Ausentes (monumento conmemorativo a las víctimas de los atentados terroristas del 11-M en Madrid), parque del Retiro, Madrid
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The Forest of the Departed (in Spanish Bosque de los Ausentes) is located in the park of El Retiro in Madrid, Spain. It commemorates the 191 victims of the 11 March 2004 Madrid train bombings that was conducted by an al-quaida affiliated terrorist cell in Spain. It also includes the name of one special force agent who died when seven suicide bombers blew themselves up on 3 April 2004.
The monument is made up of 192 olive trees or cypresses, one for each person killed, and is surrounded by a canalized stream, since water is a symbol of life. It is located on a visible hill, able to be visited, in close proximity to the Atocha railway station, one of the scenes of the tragedy.
POSTED BY JON ON 8/17/2009blog comments powered by Disqus