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Apple Store Built Atop Ancient Hospital Ruins in Madrid, Spain

Thursday, 11 Jul 2013 07:27 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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A 19,000-square-foot Apple store being built in Madrid, Spain, offers a unique juxtaposition of old and new — high-tech items bearing the Apple logo will dominate the sales floor while the building’s basement features 15th-century architecture, according to the Spanish newspaper El Pais.

Finding ancient walls of a 15th-century hospital during the Apple construction project wasn’t entirely unexpected, the newspaper reported. The buried ruins were discovered during another building project in 2009 and those ruins were preserved inside a light rail station behind glass walls so passersby could see them. At that time, construction was halted for several months as officials decided how to handle the preservation, but El Pais reported that Apple’s project won’t be slowed.

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The ruins are the outer walls of the Buen Suceso – meaning Good Fortune – hospital, El Pais said. It was built in the 1400s for plague victims, and renovated throughout the years before being torn down in 1854 to build the square where the Apple store will sit, Fox News said.

There was some thought given to putting in glass floors so customers could see the ruins, but there’s a “lack of great interest from a visual point of view,” Jaime Ignacio Munoz, an official in Madrid's heritage department, told El Pais.

Instead, Madrid officials have asked Apple to trace an outline of the old foundation on the floor so people have an idea of the wall shapes, El Pais reported.

The store is Apple’s third in Madrid and its size makes it even larger than the company’s New York Fifth Avenue store, Fox news said. It is expected to open by the end of the year, but no firm date has been set.

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