Paving paradise: Apple Store built atop 15th-century ruins in Madrid

Paving paradise: Apple Store built atop 15th-century ruins in Madrid

When you’re the biggest company in the world, you’re bound to ruffle a few feathers. In Spain, Apple’s new store is built on top of the ruins of a 15th-century hospital.

El Pais reports that the remains of a 60-bed hospital once used to treat plague victims have been found in the basement of Apple’s 20,000-square-foot store in Madrid.

“We’re not surprised to find these remains because we knew they could be there,” said Jamie Ignacio Munoz, director of the Madrid Heritage Department, in an interview with the paper. “The building is located on a historic site and is protected as an area of public cultural interest, so that any action on the ground has to have the approval of the heritage department.”

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