- Learn about the history of Madrid before it became the capital of Spain and seat of the Royal Court in 1561. The results of years of painstaking archeological research are displayed in these attractively designed rooms. You'll see remains of the house where San Isidro (Madrid's patron saint) lived as well as parts of Count Paredes' original palace. Walk through a delightful 16th-century Renaissance-style patio to the 17th-century chapel and you'll pass a well from which San Isidro is said to have saved his own son from drowning. The museum opened in 2000 and has a specialist library. Admission is free.
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