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Royal Palace of Madrid Spain
The Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de Madrid) is the official home of the Spanish royal family. Now it is used for public functions, ceremonies and the Palace is kept as a museum to the public. Prior to the building, it sat on the site which was home to the Antiguo Alcazar, translated as the Old Fortress. After its burn in 1734, Felipe V (Philip V) ordered to construct the Royal Palace of Madrid. The Palace work began in 1738 and took seventeen years for completion. The first resident in the palace was infamous Charles III (Carlos III). The place was considered as the home of the Spain’s monarchs until 1931 under Alfonso XIII.
Tourist to the Royal Palace of Madrid can able to view the armor and weaponry of the Kings of Spain in the Royal Armory, the Royal Pharmacy, many captivating rooms of Charles III and his Hall of Mirrors and the Throne Room. The Palace has a stunning garden to loiter around. Every Wednesday, there is a changing of the guard ceremony. The Royal Palace of Madrid is one of the best tourisms in Spain.
The palace comprises of 3000 rooms including the Main Staircase. Sabatini designed the stairs with 70 steps. Tiepolo did ceiling painting in the Throne hall. The hall of Halberdiers turned to the Guards Room. The Royal chemists had separate natural medicine cabinets, ceramic pots made by the La Granja factory; they prescribed the medicines to royal family members. The Royal Chapel, which is the home for the collection of string instruments and Legendary Antonio, owned the pride of designing the instruments.
Enthralling facts about Royal Palace:
- The palace has a flooring area of 135,000 square meters
- The construction of the monument began on April 7, 1738
- In 1931 it was named as a Spanish Property of Cultural Interest
- Paintings, furniture, decorative mirrors, artwork, sculptures decorate the rooms
- Gorgeous painting and artwork cover the entire ceiling. The used colors and drawn portraits are alluring and they indicate the history of Spain
- The Gasparini Room is the dressing room or the guest room of Charles III. This elegant room’s ceiling covers with full of bursting flowers and vines. Silk material, heavy golden and silver embroidery cover the room wall. Flower printed velvet cloth covers the furniture.
- The smallest room Porcelain is a wonderful room which has ceramic work of flowers on each part. The Gardens called “Moor’s Field” surrounds the artistic palace. The amazing fountain in the middle of this garden is an eye-catching part of the Royal Palace. It is a must see tourist place in Spain.
Top spots to visit around the royal palace:
This world-class museum has a collection of more than 5000 paintings that competes the Louvre collection in Paris. The majority of collection and famous masterpieces are of 12th century to the early 19th century. Spanish paintings. Italian, Flemish, French, British, and German paintings as well as Neoclassical Italian sculptures also come under the paintings collection.
Puerta Del Sol- The Heart of the City:
The name had come after the sun emblem on the old city gate which formerly stood here. This large town square aligns with the rising sun. It is being a hub of public transportation and also the “Kilometer Zero” point measures all distances on the Spanish national road network. Nowadays the square place has turned as hangout to enjoy the tour. There is a largest departmental store El Corte Inglés is just off to the place where people sell shoes, clothes, swimsuits. An old fashioned confectionary shop “La Violeta” offers the violet candies, the Madrid’s special variety.
The National Archeological Museum is a mind-blowing and key museum after the Museo Del Prado. Queen Isabella II found the museum in 1867. It has huge collection of historic objects of 19th century. The museum features with archaeological finds, ethnography, decorative arts from antiquity, and ancient coins. Egyptian mummies, Hispano-Roman objects of art, Islamic archaeology, and Mudéjar ceramics are the permanent collections here. The bust of the Lady of Elche is a precious collection. The library encompasses with art, history, and archaeology books.
Temple of Debod: An Ancient Egyptian Temple:
Visitors can see an ancient Egyptian temple from La Montana Park; it is a suitable picnic spot to enjoy with family. The Debod Temple was located in Madrid in 1968. King Adikhalamani built the temple in the 2nd century BC and includes several shrines, a large hall. This rare archeological site contains original decorations. Peaceful and glorious gardens surround the monument features with pools; a fountain creates a magical effect.
Museo Sorolla, Puerta de Alcalá: A Grand Monument to the Spanish Monarchs, Decorative Arts & Paintings at the Lázaro Galdiano Museum, Impressive Religious Art at the Basilica de San Francisco, Centro de Arte de Reina Sofía: Contemporary Art Museum, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza: Fine Arts Museum, Refined Relaxation at Buen Retiro Park are the other best sightseeing places in Madrid, Spain.
The best time to visit Royal Palace, Madrid
The palace opens at 10 AM. It is better to be the first person to see the monument to avoid the crowd. For October to March -the opening hours are 10 am to 6 pm. For April to September- the opening hours are 10 am to 8 pm. 1st, 6th January, 1st, 15th May, 12th October, 9th November and 25th December will be closed for official acts. Entrance fee is FREE with the Madrid Card to visit the Royal Palace. To visit Royal Palace in Madrid, April will be perfect weather, May be will quite subtle whereas October will be full of rain. Accordingly you could plan your Royal Palace Picnic.
The best place to stay:
This tourism spot contains many hotels, restaurants and lodges for accommodation. The top hotels are Hostal María Ronda, Pensión Venecia, Comendador, DoubleTree by Hilton Madrid-Prado, Flats Lollipop City Center. These hotels are around 1.5 km from the Royal Palace. Some hotels encompasses spa for relaxation, rejuvenation. There are separate spa centres too.