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Royal Palace of Madrid: a splendid legacy of Spanish monarchs


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Royal Palace of Madrid: a splendid legacy of Spanish monarchs


Palacio Real de Madrid is the main landmark and symbol of Madrid. The exterior of the castle strikes with a harmonious combination of various architectural styles, and the interior decoration will surprise even experienced tourists! On the territory of the Royal Palace there are the most beautiful parks Campo del Moro and Jardines de Sabatini, where you can take a walk while visiting the architectural masterpiece of Spain. The official royal residence is open to visitors, so anyone can enjoy the majestic castle, its luxurious halls and a large art collection.

From the Moorish Alcazar to the Spanish Royal Palace

For a long time, the Moorish fortress Alcazar was located on the site of the Royal Palace, but in 1390 the Spaniards took possession of the territory of the Iberian Peninsula and the castle turned into the most visited royal residence.

After a huge fire that destroyed the Alcazar in 1734, the construction of the Royal Palace began in its place. The first project of the castle was created by the Italian architect F. Juvaro, after his death, the construction was headed by the master's student - H.B. Satchetti. He drew up a plan for the palace, which included a large patio and many architectural elements located around the entire perimeter of the castle. Construction lasted from 1738 to 1751.

The enchanting inner beauty of the Palacio Real de Madrid

The magnificent interior, combined with valuable paintings, sculptures, tapestries and porcelain, preserved from the time of the construction of the palace, will not leave any traveler indifferent.

Ground floor

On the ground floor of the Palacio Real de Madrid there are:

  • A library founded in the 18th century containing 300,000 books, 30,000 manuscripts and 5,000 manuscripts;
  • The Armory, containing an amazing collection of armor and weapons, collected since the 15th century;
  • Palace Archives, created in 1814 to preserve the heritage of the Spanish royal dynasty;
  • Kitchen created during the construction of the palace, but restored and opened to visitors only in 2017.

Second floor

The second floor is worth seeing:

  • The Throne Room, where official receptions and ceremonies are currently held. The walls of the hall are skillfully upholstered in red Damascus interspersed with silver threads, and the painted ceiling is decorated with a chic crystal Venetian chandelier. Here you should pay attention to the unique frescoes dedicated to the Spanish monarchs;
  • Royal Chapel, created between 1750-1759 designed by architect V. Rodriguez and painted by artist K. Jacquinto;
  • The porcelain room, built in the late Baroque style and beautifully decorated with turquoise porcelain panels, designed by the Italian master H. Grici;
  • Hall Gasparini, made in the Rococo style and preserved almost in its original form;
  • Hall of Alabarderos, or the Hall of the Guards, distinguished by fresco painting, Tuscan pilasters and laurel branches made of stucco;
  • The Hall of Mirrors is one of the most beautiful rooms in the Royal Palace, made in the neoclassical style.

Art collections

The works of art on display at the Royal Palace are striking in their variety. When visiting the castle, you can get acquainted with such historical relics as:

  • 4 unique Stradivari violins, each decorated with decorations;
  • A rich collection of porcelain, jewelry, tapestries and furniture;
  • Engraving "Juan José de Austria on a Horse" by the artist Ribera;
  • Paintings by Francisco de Goya and Diego Velazquez;
  • Valuable 17th century sculptures from the Alcazar fortress;
  • A cycle of frescoes that adorn the vaults of the building and were made by famous masters.

Useful information

You can visit the Royal Palace all year round, except for the days of royal events. It works according to the following schedule:

  • Summer time: 10:00 - 20:00
  • Winter time: 10:00 - 18:00.

Estimated visit time = 2 hours.

Photo and video filming inside the castle is strictly prohibited.

Ticket price:

  • Children under 5 years old - free
  • Adult = 10 €
  • Discount = 5 €
  • Audio guide = 4 €.

Free admission to the Royal Palace is available to everyone on May 18 and October 12.

Interesting Facts

  • Palacio Real de Madrid is twice the size of Buckingham and Versailles palaces
  • To reduce the cost of sculptural compositions of the castle, limestone was used instead of marble during construction.
  • Every Wednesday, near the southern façade of the Royal Palace, overlooking the Armory Square, sentries dressed in uniforms from the time of Alphonse XIII carry out a changing of the guard, accompanied by the sounds of flutes and drums.

Object type: building.

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