We are going to visit one of the great attractions of the Spanish capital: the Royal Palace of Madrid. It is a magnificent building that keeps countless treasures inside. If you plan to visit it and need to know its schedules, location and price, take note.
Notes from the Royal Palace of Madrid
The Royal Palace of Madrid, which is also known as Palacio de Oriente, was designed in the 18th century. Today it is the official residence of the Royal Family of Spain. However, at presentthe palace is used only for receptions, ceremonies and official acts, since the kings live in the Palacio de la Zarzuela.Courtyard - Josemdelaa / Pixabay.com
Before this palace, and in this same place, there were other constructions. Specifically, a fortress in the 9th century that became a fortress from the 16th century. A fire in 1734 destroyed the building.
The Royal Palace would rise shortly after its ruins. It was built between 1738 and 1755 on the orders of Philip IV. The works lasted seventeen years. Shortly after finishing, in 1764, Carlos III made him his residence.
The Royal Palace is surrounded by the Campo del Moro gardens and the Sabatini gardens. In the case of the former, its origin is in the Middle Ages, while the latter finished being designed already in the twentieth century.
Another interesting point is the changing of the guard. It occurs every Wednesday from October to July at 11 in the morning, but it can be canceled due to official acts or because the weather does not accompany.
More about the Royal PalaceRoyal Palace - Daniel Watt / Flickr.com
It was the Italian architect Felipe Juvarra who directed the works of the palace, works that after his death his disciple Sachetti would continue. Curiously, neither Felipe IV nor Fernando VI, who succeeded him on the throne, used it. In the end, Carlos III was the first to use it as a royal residence.
A room that still retains exactly the decoration is the Throne Room. The vault of 1766 is from Tiépolo, the furniture was manufactured in Naples and brought from there at the time of Carlos III. The famous and spectacular spiders are of Venetian origin and date from 1780.
Y We cannot forget the collection of paintings. Throughout 9 rooms, 70 paintings belonging to the renowned Flemish, Italian and Spanish schools can be seen, from the 18th to the 20th century.
Visit the Royal Palace of Madrid
The Royal Palace offers tourists the possibility of touring part of their rooms, both free and guided, during almost the whole year, since it only closes for official acts.Throne Room - Fabio Alessandro Locati / commons.wikimedia.org
On the visit Several spaces can be traversed:
- Official Halls: beautiful, in great condition and where each room has its own personality. Highlights include the Throne Room and Gala Dining, considered one of the most beautiful in Europe.
- Royal Armory: exhibits armor, shields and weapons of all kinds. It is one of the most important collections of this type that exist.
- Royal Pharmacy: a large collection of boats of different shapes and sizes that will make us go back in time. The best, the recreation of the laboratory.
The Royal Palace of Madrid is located on Bailén Street, in the Plaza de Oriente. It is located in the historic center of the city, a step away from the Puerta del Sol and the Plaza Mayor.
ScheduleGala dining room - PMRMaeyaert / commons.wikimedia.org
The schedule varies according to the season. From October to March the palace opens every day from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Meanwhile, from April to September he does it daily between 10:00 and 20:00.
It does not open its doors on January 1 and 6, May 1 and December 25, while days such as December 24 and 31 the schedule is reduced. For official acts you can also close to the public.
PriceMain staircase - Jose Luis Filpo Cabana / commons.wikimedia.org
The price will depend on the type of audience:
- Adults: € 10. (Guided tour € 14).
- Students, young card and over 65 and under 16: € 5.
- Free admission with Madrid Card.
Admission is free for children under 5, large families, unemployed and people with disabilities. In addition, access is free on May 18 (Museum Day), October 12 and Monday through Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. (October to March) and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (April to September).
«Madrid is my homeland, court worthy of Spain, benign mother of the world.»
-Trso de Molina-
Definitely, The Royal Palace of Madrid is a must see in the city, because its high historical and architectural value place it among the most important in the world.