Monument to Antonio Machado
One of the monuments Baeza dedicates to Antonio Machado is next to the door of the New Casino on Calle San Pablo. It is a statue that recreates the poet sitting on a bench reading a book. The work by the sculptor Antonio Pérez Almahano was inaugurated in 2009 on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the author’s death. It is no coincidence that the work is located on this street, as it was where the poet lived for a time, in the now-defunct Hotel Comercio. Machado arrived in Baeza in October 1912, shortly after the death of his young wife, Leonor. Here he taught French Grammar at the Secondary School in the Old University. The classroom where he taught can be visited. In 1919, Machado left the city and continued his academic activity in Segovia. This seated sculpture is not the only one in Baeza dedicated to the poet. On the Paseo de las Murallas, you can find a bust by Pablo Serrano inside a square structure made of stone in the mid-1960s. A bust of the poet was added in 1983. Both monuments are reference points in the typical Machado walks through Baeza.