|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.
|The grand staircase of Palacio de Linares, home of Case de America in Madrid, Spain|
To this day workers and visitors to Palacio de Linares claim to have see the apparitions of either a man or a woman, dressed in period clothing from the 19th century. The ghostly woman has mostly been seen on the upper floors, the apparition of the man on the lower floor. This was actually their living arrangement when they had the palace split in two. It would appear that the spirits of the Marqués de Linares, Jose de Murga and his wife Raimunda are restless in the after world, continuing their forbidden relationship.
The Casa de America is located the Plaza of Cibeles (Cibeles Square) and is open to the public visit http://www.casadeamerica.es for more information.