About the Museum
The origins of Madrid occupies the site of the palace of the Counts of Paredes. It has received different names in agreement with its successive owners, although it is popularly known as Casa de San Isidro because according to tradition it was the house of the Vargas, masters of San Isidro, and in this one the Saint lived and died. The building was built during the first half of the 16th century by the Lujanes family. From this date until the mid-nineteenth century its owners were the Counts of Paredes. This stage being the most active and relevant in terms of the construction of the chapel dedicated to the Saint and its subsequent reforms.
After a long period of decline and deterioration, the whole building was demolished almost in its entirety in 1974, and rebuilt, after an archaeological excavation. In the new building, equipped with the necessary infrastructures to host the services of the Museum, all the original preserved elements have been integrated: the Chapel of the XVII and XVIII centuries, the Well of the Miracle and the Renaissance patio of the XVI century.
(Photo: Wikimedia Commons: J.L. de Diego)