The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken our lives so drastically that a lot of us are left to wonder when the other shoe is going to fall, and possibly smack us in the head. During this time though, we have also witnessed some incredible moments showcasing our true humanity, and raw emotions.

Some of these photos will be tangible reminders of the pandemic, but also of our capability to adapt and survive. Below are some of the most striking images that we have found of Madrid, during these perilous times.


Spain’s children run free from lockdown. Photo: ©Gabriel Bouys/AFP via Getty Images


A woman wearing a protective mask rides in a metro train. Photo: ©Miguel O Calle


Normally busy 24/7, the traffic circle around Madrid’s Puerta de Alcala is empty. Photo: ©Showbroadcaste


Madrid’s El Retiro park area deserted during COVID-19 lockdown. Photo: ©Showbroadcaste


A general view of the Atocha Train Station as lockdown continues due to the coronavirus outbreak. Photo: ©Showbroadcaster


Madrid turns IFEMA conference centre into ‘Europe’s biggest’ field hospital. Photo: ©Comunidad de Madrid/Handout via Reuters


Preaching in Lockdown. Photo: ©AP


Madrid’s Puerta del Sol, normally full of people, is empty. Photo: ©Reuters


Empty Plaza de Callao during the lockdown. Photo: ©TeleMadrid


Empty Plaza Mayor square pictured during lockdown. Photo: ©TeleMadrid


Coronavirus panic buying. Photo: ©TeleMadrid