Apple unearths 15th century ruins during new store construction

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Workers uncovered parts of a hospital wall from the 15th century while digging out the basement of Apple’s newest store in Madrid, Spain. The remains of the old building won’t be destroyed to make way for iPhone displays, but they will be covered up and given a nod in the store’s design.

The director of the Madrid heritage department, Jaime Ignacio Muñoz of the Popular Party, explained to EL PAÍS that Apple had been instructed to change the flooring of the basement so as to “symbolically” trace the outline of these newly discovered walls.

The walls themselves will then be covered up again so the floor of the new store can be placed on top. The actual original foundations of the hospital will not be visible.

Muñoz also recommended that the company place an information panel in the store to explain exactly why this path has been drawn on the floor, so people who pass through (it’s still not clear whether the basement will be a commercial area open to the public or a storage area) will know that the church and hospital once stood on the site.

The San Andrés Hospital was built in the early 15th century to treat plague victims. [El País via 9to5Mac]