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Sunday, 11 March 2007

Madrid Bombings March 2004

The King and Queen of Spain today inaugurated this monument in front of the Atocha railway station in Madrid, to mark the third anniversary of the 11th March 2004 Islamic terrorist attacks on the regional trains in the capital. 192 victims lost their lives and nearly 2000 others were injured in the 10 bombings on different trains in the vicinity.

Situated at the confluence of the Paseo de la Infanta Isabel, Avenida de la Ciudad de Barcelona and Calle Alfonso XII, the monument stands 11 metres high and is made of glass pieces which required special treatment to withstand the changes of temperature in the capital.

A transparent membrane suspended across the interior reflects different messages of condolences written in different languages, selected from amongst the thousands of tributes received after the bombings. Depending on the position of the sun during the day and at different times of the year, rays of sunlight project and show a different message on the membrane.

During that terrible day three years ago and for the week following I was too intent on following the tragedy on the national television and in the papers to notice that the statistics on visits to the webcam page from all over the world had soared off the scale. Belatedly I apologize to readers for not updating the page during that week and thank them for their concern for the victims and families of Spain’s worst terrorist attack ever.

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