Sunday, October 7, 2012

Ghostly Lovers of Palacio de Linares - Madrid, Spain

The Palacio de Linares in Madrid, Spain is the well known Casa de America or loosely translated, "Headquarters of the House of America" which refers to South America, not the United States of America.  It's purpose is to form ties between Spain and South America. Cultural displays of art, performances, etc. give the Spanish a bit of Latin American in their country. However, it is also one of the most famous haunted places in all of Spain, thought to be occupied by the spirits of it's former owners.


Palacio de Linares, home of Case de America in Madrid, Spain is said to be haunted by the former Marqués de Linares and his wife
Palacio de Linares, home of Case de America in Madrid, Spain is said to be haunted by the former Marqués de Linares and his wife

The palace was built by Mateo de Murga, the Marqués de Linares back in the late1800s.  The Marqués had a son named Jose. When it came time for Jose to marry, he chose to marry the daughter of a local tobacco maker named Raimunda.  As it turned out, on Mateo de Murga's death bed, he informed Jose that he had had an affair with the tobacco maker's wife and Raimunda was the result.  Jose and Raimunda were half brother and sister!  After the death of his father, Jose consulted with the Pope on what they should do.  They were told they could remain married, but they had to live together in chastity.  Devastated, Jose and Raimunda remained together, however, the couple had the palace split into two levels the upper and lower and each lived one separate from each other.