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  • For many months in 1586 in Madrid, a specter of a pale woman in a gauzy white dress was seen by multiple passersby, moving among the seven chimneys above this mansion. The witnesses confirmed that then she would crouch down, pound her chest as if in grief and then point westward towards the Royal Palace and the newly crowned King Felipe II. Then the apparition would mysteriously vanish.

    The mansion was built in 1577 by a huntsman in the King's court for his daughter Elena, who was rumored to be a mistress of Prince Felipe (soon to be King Felipe II). At the time it was on the outskirts of Madrid, and the architect added the unusual cylindrical chimneys to represent the seven deadly sins.

    Elena was married to a soldier who was promptly sent off to war. When he tragically died in battle, her grief overcame her. In fact it killed her... or maybe something else killed her.

    The thing is, her body disappeared after her death. One of the rumors circling around Madrid was that she had given birth to a daughter before she died. Instead of implicating Felipe, who may have wanted to cover up their amorous involvement, Elena's father was interrogated and tried. The shame was too much for him however and shortly thereafter his lifeless body was found hanging in the house of the seven chimneys.

    The mystery was never solved, but a curious discovery was made during the renovation of the house for its current use. Underneath the floorboards in the basement, they found the remains of a female skeleton, and scattered around her burial place were 16th Century coins.
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