3 unique places in Madrid

Every space in the world could be proud of something that makes it distinctive from the rest. Our cultural heritage represents what we were and it can give us clues on what we want to be.

Madrid is a cosmopolitan city in the south of Western Europe. Until the 19th Century it was regarded as an international key player in all aspects. Now London, Paris and Berlin are the European leaders, while Madrid has really become a secondary city. Nevertheless, Madrid remains as a cultural reference and our visiting peers are….. culturally thirsty!

Many people know that Madrid hosts unique art venues like El Prado, Thyssen-Bornemitzsa, Reina Sofia and so many more. Not that many people know that we host hundreds of others around the whole city, and all of them inspire us things on a daily basis. Let us see three of them.

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Clandestine cocktails in VillaJardines

Whenever you put two peers together an incredible energy catalyzes into something unique. Two people with the same values and the same mentality can create brilliant ideas. Twenty five peers together can change the world.

Since it was first built in 1627, extraordinary events happen in VillaJardines all the time. Our clandestine cocktails gather the best members of the best families. While we share dreams, we feel we are a clan with a destiny (in Spanish, clan-destino).

Me with the founding members of the Spanish Dance Digital Nation Estela Alarcón, Ricardo Cue, Cecilia Rodrigo, Carlos Vilan, Carmen Cantero, Esther Jurado, Carmen Rojas, Mercedes Albi, Maria Carrasco...

This is the last clandestine cocktail held in VillaJardines (January 2017). Estela Alarcón, Ricardo Cue, Cecilia Rodrigo, Carlos Vilan, Carmen Cantero, Esther Jurado, Carmen Rojas, Mercedes Albi, Maria Carrasco…are the founding members of the future Spanish Dance Digital Nation

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Carmen Rojas in VillaJardines

Sometimes life is super generous and it allows you to interact with people who have led incredible lives. Please let me introduce you to Carmen Rojas, a dancer who has been caressed by time.

Carmen Rojas has just been interviewed by Spain’s top dance blogger, Mercedes Albi, from Albidanza. Carmen’s name is written in gold characters in the history of Spanish Dance. This is the interview and even if you don’t understand Spanish, you might still enjoy the pictures (look at a very young Kirk Douglas!)

Carmen Rojas and Mercedes Albi. Photo from Albidanceweb, please do not reproduce

Carmen Rojas and Mercedes Albi. Photo from Albidance, please do not reproduce. Picture taken in Villajardines

Who is Carmen Rojas?

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Christmas in Madrid (2016)

This is how Madrid celebrates a new year. All images are from our central beautiful neighborhood and all spots are walking distance from VillaJardines. Everything can been seen during a nice calm walk. In 2016, day or night, Madrid still  remains a safe and charming small cosmopolitan city. Happy 2017 🙂

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VillaJardines becomes Embassy of a Digital Nation

Technology is changing everything. For the first time in our history the inhabitants of planet earth are connected and we have generated a huge interconnected brain that operates 24/7 globally. Now digital nations are being created… in VillaJardines

On December 6th, 2016 the first Transhumanist Digital Nation was funded in Madrid. A group of 50 citizens involved in science and technology decided to test what will be expected to be normal in the 2030s.

The founders of the Transhumanist Digital Nation in what has become its first Embassy, in VillaJardines

The founders of the Transhumanist Digital Nation in what has become its first Embassy, in VillaJardines

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Sergio Sanz and Manu Clavijo in VillaJardines

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17th Century: The Italian origins of VillaJardines

The first owner of the building appears to be Melchora Marullo, Marquise of La Floresta. She moved from Sicily to VillaJardines in 1627 after she widowed Antonio de Quintana-Dueñas, regent of the Council of Italy. The building was her official residence in Madrid.

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This is the first known urban planimetry of Madrid. It was done in cartographic material circa 1622 and it has bibliographic descriptions. Its title is “The Villa of Madrid, Court of the Catholic Monarchs of Spain”, dated in 1622 and first published in Amsterdam by Frederik de Wit in 1700. In the blue zoom you can see how in 1622 VillaJardines was already the most important building in the street. VillaJardines appears as property of Melchora Marullo, but the map was really finished in 1632, after she moved to Madrid in 1627. With the available information, it is not possible to really know if the building already existed in 1622 or if it was built by the Marchise de la Floresta in 1627. In any case, VillaJardines already appears in Madrid’s first map.

In 1627 Mariana Melchora Marullo and Patti officially moved to her new residence in calle de Jardines (Madrid) from Sicily after she widowed Antonio de Quintana-Dueñas, regent of the Council of Italy under the kings Philip III and Philip IV of Spain. She was part of a prominent Italian family and she enjoyed a lot of political power in the south of Italy. Her husband was an influential advisor to the Kings of Spain (and Sicily) until his death.

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