During riots 200 years ago the statue above was knocked over and broken in parts. Inside were found 100s of bird skeletons. Apparently, birds could get inside the opening in its mouth, but not out. It was restored with a sealed mouth thus saving the main square starlings.
As you can see the city is as beautiful as comparable capitals and the history is traced in the buildings and avenues. One place of note was a small tapas bar off the main square devoted to all things Bull fighting. Rather than a celebration of the conveyor belt of matador victories, it gave prominent pride of place to pictures of the rare Bull triumphs.This is no outpost of PETA; its a monument to the blood sport. What was interesting was the bloodthirsty emphasis on events when things don't unfold according to the usual script.