Palacio de Linares, Madrid

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The Palace of Linares is a palace located in Madrid, Spain. It was declared Bien de Interés Cultural in 1976.According to the rumour mill in Madrid, Linares Palace lock up the ghosts of the first Marquis de Linares, like that of a child, their daughter. According to this legend, José de Murga y Reolid would have confessed to his father, the rich merchant Mateo Murga y Michelena, he fell in love with a poor girl, Raimunda Osorio, presumably daughter of a cigarette seller. By knowing your father the name of the young, horrified, he would have sent his son to London in order to make him forget that young lady. The reason for his fear would be given by the fact that humble girl would have been the fruit of extramarital love by Mateo himself and therefore both lovers were half brothers.The legend places Mateo died and the young newlyweds. In such a situation José would have found a letter from his father addressed to him in which he explained the reasons for his opposition to such a relationship. Jose and Raimunda, aware of the incestuous sin allegedly committed, would have been addressed to Pope Pius IX, who eventually would have granted a papal bull called Casti convivere, that is, to live together but in chastity. However, the love they have made them overlook their relationship half brothers and have engendered a daughter, who allegedly murdered as a child to avoid a scandal. Such daughter, Raimundita would have been walled or drowned and buried in the palace itself and, according to this legend, today, her spirit paces the great halls of the old palace singing children's songs and calling their parents.
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  • 11:00 am Saturday tour. We knew ahead of time that the tour would be given in Spanish. The tour began with an 9 minute movie after which the 15-person group left the theater, walked back upstairs to.....  more »
  • This palace may look ordinary from the outside but inside it is quite different. It is full of the finest and most oppulent antiques, furniture, carpets and lights with all of them being made from...  more »
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  • Home of the Casa de América, this palace shows beautiful decorations but the most notable about this place it’s the legend about the child ghost of the first marquis. Today you can visit the palace in groups guided by 4 hosts, each one with his peculiar personality will tell you a bit of the history and the legend.
  • This attractive palace with its fascinating history is a living museum and home to the Casa de America (the cultural & business centre of the Americas). If you do not attend one of the events here, the only way to visit it is by guided tour on Saturdays & Sundays. The tour lasts around 50 minutes and is bi-lingual if there are non-Spanish speakers. Worth booking in advance. It's an interesting insight into 19th Century Spanish aristocracy
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