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  San Isidro's famous well
by Jefie

This small museum is better known as the Casa de San Isidro. San Isidro Labrador (or St. Isidor the Labourer) is the patron saint of the city of Madrid. He was born in Madrid around 1070, and is believed to have lived at the exact site where the museum now sits. He is said to have performed a number of miracles, most of which involving the presence of angels helping out with the harvests on the farm. But perhaps he is most famous for having saved the life of his young son who had fallen in a well. San Isidro prayed, and the water level rose with the infant floating on top of it. The well in question has been preserved and is one of the museum's most popular attractions. However, it isn't necessarily the most interesting. Indeed, most of the museum is in fact dedicated to tracking down the history of the city based on archeological findings. Madrid's Roman, Muslim and Christian eras are well described and depicted with the help of numerous artefacts. And what's more, the visit is free!

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, 9:30 am to 8:00 pm. Weekends, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Closed on Monday.

Address: Plaza de San Andres
Directions: Metro "La Latina"
Phone: 91 336 74 15
Website: http://www.munimadrid.es/museosanisidro

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  • Updated May 15, 2008
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