This palace, turned into some fabulous and warming suites in front of the majestic Alhambra, is named after the area where it stands, next to the river Darro, in the Carrera del Darro. It is also known as Paseo de los Tristes (the Walk of the Sad) – a classic tour of the city, astonishingly beautiful and full of romanticism, because of its stoned pavement next to the river, and the leafiness and green exuberance of the Alhambra’s gardens. Lots of people say that this is the most beautiful street in the world, we would just say that it is the most beautiful one in Granada.
In that time, most of the gold of the city was extracted in this area, even in the 1st century b.C. By that time, it was a consolidated but tough job, even without going far back in history, just before the Spanish Civil War, by the 30s until the 40s, and the main focus of treasure in the city. The daily wage of these gold hunters used to be 3 “pesetas”, and exclusively from June to September, being because of this, “privileged people”.
Luxury Suites in a building with tradition and culture of Granada
Oro del Darro Suites was also an old pawnshop in the city, founded in 1740. Hundreds of valuable items (jewellery, ornaments, antiquities, coins and even high quality clothes) were stacked here. Its actual name was “Monte de Piedad de Santa Rita de Casia”. This palace was used as a relief solution and as a breather to plenty of families in Granada and many other cities from Andalucia.
There were three religious men who managed this successful treasure of the Monte, with an obvious charitable and humanitarian function, given that these three Augustinian monks did not charge any interest nor had a wage for this loan. The donations of the users were completely selfless and voluntary. Every one of the monks had a key at hand, the three which were required to open those sacred chests, and avoid any possible temptations or embezzlements.
This altruistic and Christian procedure is still manifested in this majestic building nowadays, with the presence of some other religious works: on the left side, it is found the chapel dedicated to the Virgen de la Caridad, and on the right side, the one dedicated to Santa Rita, protective of the foundation and saint, as it is well known, of the impossible.