Museo de San Isidro: The Origins of Madrid

Museo de San Isidro in Madrid
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Museo de San Isidro

Barrio de la Latina, most of the time called La Latina, is a small barrio (neighborhood) in Madrid. La Latina is located in what people referred to as El Madrid de los Austrias, the oldest part in Madrid where medieval housing layout, architecture, and even traditions are preserved.

Museo de San Isidro via Wikipedia Commons
Museo de San Isidro via Wikipedia Commons

I was able to have a walking tour in Barrio de la Latina myself, and I consider myself more than lucky. The small neighborhood was peaceful and elegant. The streets were narrow and festive, and the buildings, which were mostly brown in color, looked like the buildings one would usually see in history books.

Outside Museo de San Isidro
Outside Museo de San Isidro

In between one of the crowded party places, I saw a museum, which I heard was formerly a palace. The museum, which was located in San Andres Square, is called Museo de San Isidro. Back at home, at Quezon Province Philippines, we celebrate fiestas like Pahiyas and Mayohan sa Tayabas every May to honor San Isidro Labrador. I was drawn to visit Museo de San Isidro because I felt that it was close to my hometown, and to my heart as a traveler.

Garden inside Museo de San Isidro
Garden inside Museo de San Isidro

Museo de San Isidro is a museum built to honor Isidore the Farmer. Isidore the Farmer was a Spanish farmer, and he was known for his goodhearted nature towards animals and the needy. Soon after his death, he became a Catholic Patron Saint of farmers, of Madrid, and of La Ceiba, Honduras. He then gained the title San Isidro, and today he continues to live on in the museum offered to him by the good people of Madrid.

Miracle Well
Miracle Well

Museo de San Isidro happens to have no entrance fee whatsoever, and it is also relatively small, compared to the other museums of Madrid. Despite that, however, the designers did a good job arranging the museum so that its central theme, which is showcasing the origins and the developing stages of the city, is clearly shown in series.

Tourist inside the museum
Tourist inside the museum

One of the first exhibitions I saw in the museum was a collection of archaeological findings of flora excavated within Madrid. The Storeroom was open, and I was able to see the exhibit closer and clearer.
Adding to the collection of prehistoric treasures were remains of rhinoceroses and elephants.

Mural inside the Museum
1789 Mural inside the Museum By CARLOS TEIXIDOR CADENAS via Wikimedia Commons

Inside Museo de San Isidro
Inside Museo De Los Orígenes (Casa De San Isidro)

I was told that those species of animals lived in the area around Madrid, and I felt sorry for them as I saw the stone tools and weapons further in the collection, which I knew were used to hunt those creatures down.

Renaissance-themed courtyard
Renaissance-themed courtyard via Wikipedia

As I progressed through the timeline, I reached the exhibition featuring the Roman Empire (which was prominent in the whole of Europe). Towards the end of the series I was able to see monuments of Francisco Ramirez, and Beatriz Galindo.

Pozo del Milagro - Miraculous Well
Pozo del Milagro – Miraculous Well – vía Wikimedia Commons

To end my trip to this museum, I took a breather and sat on one of the benches of the beautifully enclosed Renaissance-themed courtyard, which was near the museo’s famous Miracle Well, one of San Isidro’s living legacies. I just travelled back to the origins of Madrid in this small, but nevertheless magnificent museum. I inhaled La Latina’s fresh air, accompanied by the sound of the relaxing splashing of a nearby fountain.

Museo de San Isidro in Madrid
Museo de San Isidro in Madrid

My Madrid Trip was made possible by Madrid City Tourism Board and Madrid Destino.

Museo de San Isidro
Address: Plaza de San Andrés, 2, 28005 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number:+34 913 66 74 15

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