Five well-known buildings in Madrid full of mysteries to discover

J. F. Alonso

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A Clara Tahoces, from Madrid, has been drawn to the world of mystery for as long as she can remember. “As a child I read ‘Dracula’ and that sort of thing,” she says. You can’t find a click, a specific event, or a movie that triggered that passion. Simply look back at your past and he sees himself writing mist storieserio, enjoying these kinds of stories. Study Graphopsicology, and very soon he began to investigate what was closest to him: his city. He did it without internet, without mobile phones and with a certain distrust around him. “Then these subjects were frowned upon,” he recalls.

One of those investigations, published in the magazine ‘Karma-7’, is at the origin of ‘Guide to magical Madrid’, a reference for any fan of the unusual world.

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  1. Almudena Cathedral

    Almudena Cathedral
    La Almudena Cathedral – Maya Balanya

    The Almudena Cathedral, although modern, hides a legend that comes from the 11th century, when an enigmatic carving of the Virgin was found hidden behind one of the cubes of the city wall. From then on she became the patron saint of the Villa. If we look closely, on the Cuesta de la Vega we will see a kind of ledge with an image of the Virgin and Child and a plaque that gives an account of what happened. According to legend, the image would have been hidden by Christians shortly before the arrival of the Muslims in 711, but its trace would have been lost. It was a secret that had been passed from one family to another, but with the passing of time no one remembered the exact whereabouts of the Virgin. According to pious tradition, a prayer procession was held for him to appear, and during it, one of the cubes of the wall was opened revealing the image, which is preserved today in the cathedral of the same name.

  2. The House of the Seven Chimneys

    House of the Seven Chimneys from the southeast angle
    House of the Seven Chimneys from the southeast angle – Luis Garcia / CC

    A sad legend alludes to one of the most haunted houses in Madrid. It’s about the House of the Seven Chimneys. A unique building for its curious architecture, which today is part of the current Ministry of Culture. The death in strange circumstances of a young woman named Elena became the talk of Madrid. The people of Madrid at that time (around the 16th century) claimed to have seen her wandering on the roof of the house, walking between the chimneys of the building. And later it became a ‘gaffe’ property, which brought misfortune to those who inhabited it.

  3. The collegiate church of San Isidro

    Exterior view of the Royal Collegiate Church of San Isidro
    Exterior view of the Royal Collegiate Church of San Isidro – Maya Balanya

    On Calle Toledo, 49, stands the Collegiate Church of San Isidro. There the incorrupt remains of San Isidro, the patron saint of Madrid, are guarded. The life of this saint contains many mysteries, such as the miracle that supposedly happened when he saved his son, who fell into a well. The chronicles tell that he drowned, because his father, although he went to the place as soon as he found out what happened, could not arrive on time. Tradition has it that the child emerged from the waters safe and sound. In this place the relics of what remains of the body of his wife, Santa María de la Cabeza, are also preserved.

  4. The monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

    Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial
    Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial – Ernesto Agudo

    Commissioned by Felipe II, in addition to being an architectural jewel, this monastery is one of the centers of mystery in the Community of Madrid, as it accumulates numerous legends around its construction. Felipe II was a king captivated by superstition and magic. In its library there are numerous works related to this and to alchemy. A must for lovers of the unusual, who will find relics, in which the King in Black fervently believed, and secrets around his life and the construction of this monumental work.

  5. The monastery of Santa María del Paular (Rascafría)

    Monastery of Santa María del Paular
    Monastery of Santa María del Paular – José Ramón Ladra

    Just 3 kilometers from Rascafría is this popular enclave. Besides being the oldest Carthusian monastery in Castile, it hides a legend related to the Evil One, who, according to tradition, would have had something to do with its construction. A diabolical pact is attributed to Juan Guas, who took charge of the works in 1475, which he would later try to get rid of. As the imprint of all that has been a place name, ‘Devil’s car’.

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