- MADRID, Spain (Reuters) -- A security guard at Madrid's famed Reina Sofia art
museum went on sick leave because he said he wanted to get away from a
ghost who was haunting the place, a Spanish newspaper reported on Thursday.
- The guard, who filed an official complaint
late last year with the Madrid government, said his encounters with an
apparition named Ataulfo had caused depression, nervousness and dizziness,
the daily El Pais said.
- He suggested an exorcism should be conducted
to rid the art gallery of its unwanted visitor once and for all.
- The man claimed that other museum officials
had also seen ghosts in the building and said it may have had something
to do with the site's earlier uses as a hospital, jail and a morgue.
- The guard said that after he stopped
working at the museum his symptoms went away, and he asked that his problem
be classified as a work-related illness, the newspaper reported.
- The Madrid government refused to investigate
the guard's complaint, saying it had "no jurisdiction in paranormal
phenomena," El Pais said.
- The Reina Sofia, one of Madrid's top
museums, is best known for housing Pablo Picasso's masterpiece "Guernica."