Julio González Pola (1900-40)

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Vigo: Julio González Pola (1900-40)

Julio Gonzalez-Pola and Garcia was born in Oviedo in 1865, within a military family. He began his career in the School of Arts and Crafts in Oviedo and in Madrid, continues in the School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving, where he studied with Juan Samsó and Lengluy.

Julio Gonzalez-Pola held various cultural, as vice president of the Fine Arts and the secretariat of the Society of Painters and Sculptors.

Gonzalez-Pola died in Madrid on May 11, 1929

Julio Gonzalez-Pola was a teacher in sculpture and painting of the famous illustrator Vigo (Bouzas) Federico Ribas Montenegro did life in Buenos Aires (Argentina).

Monument to the Heroes of the Reconquista (1947)

This monument represents the recapture of the city: the sailor Carolo Gamboa knocking the door with an ax, a beautiful female figure representing victory and atop the military received the surrender of the French.

It had built in 1909 upon completion of the first centenary of the Reconquista, taking care construction to sculptor Julio González Pola. After a long period of fundraising, the first stone was placed in the square next to A Pedra market in 1915. In 1929 the sculptor dies and ongoing collaborator the late sculptor Juan Adsuara Ramos.Finally opened in 1947 in the Plaza of Spain to move permanently to the Independence Square in 1967, formerly known as Plaza de Zamora.

Red Cross Monument Soldiers repatriated from Cuba and the Philippines who died in Vigo

From the September 2, 1898, the port of Vigo began receiving ships loaded with Spanish troops had been defeated on the Caribbean island by the Yankees and the Cuban insurgents. It was a sad return, was dramatic. Tragic. The state of the military was miserable. Not only were defeated by the government's inability to manage a long-distance war, but were massacred by tropical diseases. Of the fifty-five thousand men who died in Cuba between 1895 and 1898, just over two thousand had a death caused by enemy action.

The ships were transferred to the lazaretto of San Simon to overcome a period of forty, but the most seriously ill were transferred by the Red Cross to the sanatorium who installed the municipal Elduayen front. There were treated 107 people, of whom 20 died.

In total, 153 were buried in Vigo soldiers and officers, many of whom could not be identified. Burials occurred in individual graves Pereiró Cemetery.But, the Red Cross had the idea to make a mausoleum where the remains descansasen all these soldiers and at the same time, serve as a tribute to the victims of that war colonial, mostly from lower classes (the rich pagan between 1,200 and 2,000 pesetas for liberation from going to war).

The NGO requested the Council of Vigo the transfer of land in the municipal cemetery and enabled an estimate to do the work. In principle, this work would make Jenaro de la Fuente but surpassed the 7,000 pesetas project presupposed by the Red Cross. So Julio González Pola was the author of the mausoleum.

In 1912 they were transferred to the mausoleum every expedition remains of soldiers killed in Vigo. That attitude of Vigo was rewarded by the Spanish government with the expansion of the city's motto, which will thereafter as "brave, loyal and always beneficial."

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