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Colourful Paseo de Recoletos with the Palacio de Linares and Communications Palace on the background | by Jorge Lascar
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Colourful Paseo de Recoletos with the Palacio de Linares and Communications Palace on the background

Palacio de Linares: The Palace, which can be found on one corner of the Plaza de Cibeles, dates from the 19th Century and is well-known for its beautiful architecture and exquisite interior. It also has an interesting history and is said to even have its own ghosts. The story of the palace and its owners is actually very sad. The palace was built by the Marqués de Linares for both himself and his wife. His father had educated him to choose a wife without consideration of her financial or social class. This he did and he married the tobacconist's daughter. What he didn't know was that his father had had a relationship with the mother and his wife was the result! He only found out when his dying father, God bless him!, sent him a letter to inform him of the situation. The Pope at the time, Leo XIII had to issue a papal bull which allowed them to live together but in chastity. In order to forget the shame the Marqués threw all his energy into the building of his palace, where budgets and time had no constraints. The Marqués and his wife told the architect that they would like the Palace to be split in two, with him taking the ground floor and the wife the upper floor. What is interesting is that they didn't have a kitchen, but instead relied on food being delivered from Lhardy, a Madrid restaurant which still operates today. [madaboutmadrid.com]

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Taken on December 5, 2008