There are several seemingly random statues of “normal” people around Madrid. You might have come across the street sweeper (Plaza Jacinto Benavente), the girl with the rucksack (Plaza San Ildefonso), or the newspaper reader (Plaza de la Paja) amongst others. My favourite, though, is ‘Tras Julia’, the enigmatic student.
Coming across these statues when you aren’t expecting them is fun. I remember creating my own walking tours around the city when I first arrived in Madrid. I always planned to pass certain buildings and monuments, but these statues were always a surprise!
You’ll find ‘Tras Julia’ on the student-y side of town, just off c/San Bernardo, leaning casually against the wall, books in hand. The statue was inspired by an urban legend from the mid 18th century: Julia was a girl who dressed up as a boy in order to attend classes at the university, which at that time was only open to men.
Stop to say hello to her, and remember the story of a plucky, young student.