There is no doubt when visiting a new city on holiday you’re traveling with a list of must see points of interest, however, if you’re the type of person that likes adding uncommon memorabilia to their itinerary, there is just the thing for you.
The Digital Library of Historical Heritage, created a project called Memories of Madrid back in 1990. The idea behind it was to spark awareness amongst the locals of genuine historic sites, iconic periods of Madrid or highlight singular personalities that have had an important impact in history and were not conscious that it happened in their neighborhood.
You’ll be able to pinpoint where famous painters, like Goya or Julio Romero de Torres lived and worked during their time. My personal favorite is the Casa de Tocame Roque, an inheritance of an old courtyard house which started such a large dispute between two brothers that Spanish folklore songs have been written about it, and even today the term is a popular saying amongst locals when referring to a dysfunctional family or a situation totally out of control.
The system has created over 300 yellow plaques which have been placed all over the city center, and they are conveniently mapped out on their website.
Although the information is directed mainly to locals, I’m sure you can make the best of it checking out what plaques are in the area in which you are staying during your visit to Madrid, and add a little extra trivia to your city travels.