Category Archives: History of Madrid

Madrid, Madrid, Madrid

This video shows Madrid 100 years ago. Most of the buildings remain intact and all are walking distance from VillaJardines. Only transportation means seem to have changed. The rest is recognisable in 2014.

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A new Puerta del Sol?

In October 2013 Madrid Think Tank will launch an international contest to improve our dearest Puerta del Sol. The initiative seeks a full intervention in this space, affecting both the square and its surroundings, its scattered elements and the access roads. The Puerta … Continue reading

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Real horses in the old stables and a carriage-driver Marchioness

The advertising company TeamWorks, part of the communication group Nine to Five, chose VillaJardines in May 2013 for a TV commercial for one of their international clients. The commercial involves real horses in some of Madrid’s most iconic places and they … Continue reading

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Alba’s rich (and hidden) artistic heritage exposed

The House of Alba has just obtained this afternoon a total of 6.12 million euros for the auction of six items exquisitely designed by Armand Albert Rateau, considered as the top Art Deco furniture designer in the 1920s. This happened some hours … Continue reading

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Two tributes to the devil in Madrid?

A tribute to the devil sounds very contradictory in a city with so many Catholic references all over the place. I do not personally know the reasons that convinced the Duke of Fernan Nunez in 1877 to commission a statue of the fallen … Continue reading

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Perez the Mouse

Created in 1894, Perez the Mouse has become a reference for Spanish-speaking children. It is the equivalent of the tooth fairy in the Anglo world. It originated in the late 19th century when the young Alfonso XIII, being 8 years … Continue reading

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Four Seasons Canalejas

According to Four Seasons, the portfolio of their hotels is to be expanded with the development of the Canalejas Project in Madrid, to be opened in 2016. . Following careful repairs, sensitive restoration and modern renovations, Four Seasons plans to … Continue reading

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