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The Republican symbols that survived Franco

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The Republican symbols that survived Franco
Puerta de España, one of the entrances into Madrid's Retiro Park. Photo: J.L. De Diego/Wikimedia
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On the 81st anniversary of the declaration of Spain's Second Republic, The Local takes a look at some Republican symbols that survived Franco's 36-year dictatorship and are still around today.

The Second Republic was the democratic regime that existed in Spain between 1931 and the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939.

It was proclaimed on April 14th 1931 following municipal elections in which anti-monarchist candidates won the majority of votes, sending King Alfonso XIII, the grandfather of King Juan Carlos, into exile.

While there has been much controversy over the years about Francoist symbols that have remained in public places throughout Spain, what about the symbols of the Second Republic? 

Franco did not rid Spain's capital of them all, in fact, even today you can find many symbols of Spain's Second Republic if you know where to look. 

Gallery: Secret Madrid: Republican symbols that survived Franco

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