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  • Royal Palace (Aranjuez, C. de Madrid, Spain)
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    Palacio Real - Royal Palace Interior

    by breughel Updated Aug 23, 2011

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    The interior of the Palacio Real of Aranjuez is well worthwhile to be visited. There are two tours possible: the "Salones Oficiales" official rooms and in addition the private rooms.
    We visited the official rooms which were nicely decorated.
    As the palace burned twice in the 17th c. and was each time rebuilt the décor is mainly from the 18th and 19th c.

    The visit starts with the Queen's guard's hall in the west wing.
    Most rooms show an often elegant furniture and decoration, the Bourbon monarchs of Spain had a good taste from what I have seen. A number of paintings are from the Italian Lucas Jordan.
    The Queen's Chamber shows a tapestry belongs to the series Dido and Aeneas, woven in Brussels in the sixteenth century.
    The Throne room, in the center of the north wing, has walls lined with red velvet. The furniture in the room belongs to the reign of Isabel II (19th c.).
    Remarkable is the Porcelain Room considered as the masterpiece of the Royal Porcelain Factory of Buen Retiro in Madrid. The entire length of the walls and ceilings has a rich relief decoration of porcelain, a blend of rococo and chinoiserie styles, performed by Giuseppe Gricci between 1763 and 1765, by order of King Carlos III.
    Other fine rooms are the Arab Saloon, modeled on a Hall of the Alhambra in Granada, and the Saloon of the "Papeles Chinos" decorated with more than 200 Chinese delicate watercolor paintings on rice paper (gift from the Emperor of China to Queen Isabella II).
    In the east wing of the palace is the best preserved room of the palace, the Hall of Mirrors.
    The visit of the official rooms ends with the vast King's Guard Chamber.

    I remember the visit as a very pleasant one with few visitors although it was free on that Wednesday.

    Open (2011) from Tuesday to Sunday 10 h - 18 h or 19 h from 1/04 - 30/09.
    Closed on Mondays, 1 & 6/01, 1 & 31/05, 6/09, 1/11, 24, 25 & 31/12.

    Official rooms price: Guided (Spanish) 5 €, free 4,50 €; reduced 2,50 € (5 - 16 yr),
    Official + Private rooms: Guided 7 €, reduced 3 €.
    Free on Wednesdays for EU citizens and Iberoamericans.

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    Palacio Real - King's Palace main façade.

    by breughel Updated Aug 23, 2011

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    Palacio Real - main fa��ade.

    Let's start the visit by the west side and the beautiful U-shaped facade surrounding the courtyard. The palace combines the elegant white stone and red brick. The palace was begun under Philip II and was a recreational estate.
    Although the architects Juan Bautista de Toledo and Juan de Herrera were those in charge of the austere Escorial palace, here in Aranjuez the recreational purpose dominates and it is in my opinion much more pleasant to visit than El Escorial.

    Its present appearance dates from the restoration of Charles III, early eighteenth century, who added two wings. The main front is in Herrera's Renaissance style, but the Baroque influences of his successor Francesco Sabatini who designed the side wings are evident. The palace shows nevertheless a beautiful architectural unity.

    In front of the palace courtyard is a large elliptical parade ground called "Plaza de Armas" from where my photos are taken. What is strange is that behind this parade ground it is open country. There is no urbanization opposite the main façade of the palace, just three wide avenues leading to the present railway station.

    Open (2011) from Tuesday to Sunday 10 h - 18 h (19 h 1/04 - 30/09).
    Closed on Mondays, 1 & 6/01, 1 & 31/05, 6/09, 1/11, 24, 25 & 31/12.
    Price: 4,50 €; reduced 2,50 €, free on Wednesdays for EU citizens.

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    Commençons la visite par le côté ouest et la très belle façade en forme de U entourant la cour d'honneur. Le palais combine de façon très élégante la pierre blanche et la brique rouge. Le palais fut commencé sous Philippe II; c'était une résidence de loisirs.
    Son aspect actuel date de la restauration par Charles III, début du XVIIIe siècle qui ajouta les deux ailes. Le palais est de style Herrera et possède une belle unité de style architectural.
    Devant le palais se trouve une grande place d'armes d'où sont prises mes photos mais ce qui est étrange c'est qu'au-delà de cette place d'armes c'est le vide. Aucune urbanisation face à la façade principale du palais; juste de larges avenues qui se dirigent vers l'actuelle gare ferroviaire.

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    Palacio Real (Royal Palace)

    by Redang Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This Palace was the spring residence of the spanish Kings since Felipe II and it was built between 1.561 and 1.586 but underwent a extension in 1.715.

    Don't miss the gardens nearby: The Jardín de la Isla (Island's Garden), the Jardín del Parterre (Flower Bed Garden) and the Jardín del Príncipe (Prince's Garden).

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    Jardin de la Isla - Island Garden.

    by breughel Written May 18, 2010

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    Jardin de la Isla

    This very romantic garden, located on the northern edge of the palace, is bounded by the Tagus and an artificial canal. The garden "de la Isla" is indeed an island which is accessed by two bridges. To the right of these bridges is a dam on the river Tagus which is a perfect place for ducks to frolic.
    Formerly the garden with its many ceramic fountains was inspired the Muslims gardens from Andalusia. In the eighteenth century it was transformed into a French garden.
    The garden of the island has many fountains adorned with statues. The most famous are the "Boticaria" and Hercules and Hydra at the entrance by the bridge. Within the island there are the fountains of Apollo, the Boy with the Thorn, Venus, Diana, Bacchus and Neptune.
    It's a real pleasure to walk here and I'm surprised there are not more VT visitors who have been to Aranjuez.

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    Ce jardin situé en bordure nord du palais est délimité par le Tage et un canal artificiel. Ce jardin, très romantique, est une île à laquelle on accède par deux ponts. A droite de ces ponts se trouve un barrage sur la rivière Tage; c'est un endroit rêvé où s'ébattent les canards.
    Anciennement ce jardin avec ses nombreuses fontaines en céramique s'inspirait des jardins musulmans. Au XVIIIe siècle il fut transformé en jardin à la française.
    Le jardin de la Isla comporte de nombreuses fontaines ornées de statues. Les plus célèbres sont la "Boticaria" et Hercule et Hydra situées à l'entrée par le pont. A l'intérieur de l'ile il y a encore les fontaines d'Apolon, le Garçon à l'Epine, Venus, Diane, Bacchus et Neptune.

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    "Jardin del Parterre"

    by breughel Updated May 17, 2010

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    Near the east wing of the palace is the "Garden of the Flowerbeds", built in 1724. It was formerly the King's garden, which was closed and had a strong Italian and Mudejar influences. From this garden, like the previous, little is left, since during the nineteenth century plantations and the paths were modified to adopt the French style. It is my favorite garden in Aranjuez because of the abundance of flowers and its beautiful cedars and magnolias. It has three monumental fountains and 14 statues. What I regret is that all fountains were dry!

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    A proximité du palais se trouve le "Jardin du Parterre" construit en 1724. C'était anciennement le jardin du Roi, qui était fermé et avait des fortes influences italiennes et mudéjar. De ce jardin, comme du précédent, il reste peu de choses, puisqu’au XIXe siècle les plantations et les axes qui caractérisaient ses tracés furent modifiés pour adopter le style français. Il est mon préféré à cause de l'abondance de fleurs dans les parterres et de ses beaux cèdres et magnolias. Il comporte trois belles fontaines (sans eau!) et 14 statues.

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    Los Jardines de Aranjuez - Gardens of Aranjuez

    by breughel Written May 15, 2010

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    Gardens of Aranjuez

    Aranjuez, at the confluence of the rivers Tagus and Jarama appears as an oasis in the dry Castilian plateau. When we stayed in the small and very typical town of Chinchon (ref. my tips) we could see from the heights, where the castle of Chinchon stands, in the distance the green spot of the parks and gardens of Aranjuez.

    At 55 km south of Madrid, Aranjuez has been a residence for the kings of Spain since the fifteenth century. But Felipe II in the sixteenth century was its true creator who built, among other things, pipes for irrigation which converted Aranjuez in a green oasis.
    There are three gardens in Aranjuez, the largest (150 ha) is called "Jardin del Principe - Prince's Garden", the second "Garden of the Island". Both are bordered by the River Tagus. The smaller, near the castle is called "Parterre", it is very flowery.

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    Aranjuez, au confluent des rivières Tage et Jarama apparait comme une oasis sur le sec plateau Castillan. Lorsque nous logions dans la petite ville très typique de Chinchon (ref. mes tips) nous pouvions voir, à partir des hauteurs où se trouve le château de Chinchon, dans le lointain la verte tache des parcs de Aranjuez.

    A 55 km au Sud de Madrid, Aranjuez a été la demeure des rois d’Espagne depuis le XVe siècle. Mais c’est Felipe II au XVIe siècle qui fut son véritable créateur et qui construisit, entre autres choses, les canalisations pour l’irrigation qui ont converti Aranjuez en une oasis de verdure.
    Il y a trois jardins à Aranjuez le plus grand (150 ha) est appelé "Jardin del Principe", le second Jardin de la Isla est lui aussi bordé par le Tage. Le plus petit, près du château, est appelé "Parterre"; il est très fleuri.

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    Jardin del Principe - Prince's Garden.

    by breughel Updated May 14, 2010

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    Jardin del Principe - temples.

    From the three gardens of Aranjuez the largest (7 km long, 150 ha) is called "Jardin del Principe" (Prince's Garden) because it is the Prince of Asturias, later King Charles IV, who ordered its implementation. Its creation took place between 1772 and 1804.
    This landscaped garden followed the English and French eighteenth century style.
    The entrances are located on the M-305 road "Calle de la Reina ". The most monumental entry is that of the "Puerta de la Plaza de La Redonda" (Rotunda Place entry) where the parking was possible. The north of the park is bordered by the River Tagus.
    It features decorative elements typical of landscaped gardens of this period: a pond with a Chinese pavilion, a Greek one, a rock with a hermitage, a false tomb on the lake, a grotto, fake ruins, etc. The garden offers a wide variety of different species of trees, springs, fountains; it is very pleasant to walk in this garden especially on the so warm days of Castile.

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    Des trois jardins d'Aranjuez le plus grand (7 Km de long, 150 ha) est celui appelé "Jardin del Principe" parce que c'est le prince des Asturies, futur roi Charles IV, qui en ordonna la réalisation. Sa création s'est échelonnée de 1772 à 1804. C'est un jardin paysager qui suivait la mode anglaise et française du XVIIIe siècle.
    Les entrées sont situées de la route M-305 "Calle de la Reina". La plus monumentale est celle de la "Puerta de la Plaza de la Redonda" (place de la Rotonde) où le parking était possible. Au nord le parc est bordé par la rivière Tage.
    Il comporte des éléments de décor typiques des jardins paysagers de cette époque: un étang avec son pavillon d'inspiration chinoise, un rocher avec un ermitage, une fausse tombe sur le lac, une grotte, de fausses ruines, etc. Le jardin offre une grande variété d'espèces d'arbres différentes, des sources, des fontaines, il est très agréable de s'y promener surtout par les chaudes journées de Castille.

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    Plaza de San Antonio (San Antonio Square) (1)

    by Redang Written Apr 25, 2008

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    San Antonio Square (Aranjuez, C. de Madrid, Spain)
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    You can find here:
    - Fountain in the centre of the square (main and 2nd pic)
    - The back side of Casa de los Oficios (3rd pic)
    - Real Capilla de San Antonio (Royal Chapel of San Antonio (next tip)
    - Casa de Infantes y Atarfe (on the other side o the square) (next tip)
    - Tourism Office (number 9 of the square) (go to General Info in the general tips section)

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    Jardin del Principe

    by evona Updated Aug 30, 2006

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    The Prince`s garden is really great, big and a little "wild". It is situated on the Tajo River. There are to see: La Casa del Lablador, the Vessels Museum, some fountains ( the most bveautiful is the Apollo`s fountain), the China Garden and a lot of beautiful flowers. You can meet in the garden peacocks, pheasants and other birds. And you can see time to time the squirrels on the trees.

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    The Island Garden

    by evona Updated Aug 30, 2006

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    The beautiful garden surunded the Royal Palace. It is not very big, but very nice. There are great fountains: Neotun, Apollo, Aphrodite, Bachus and othes, a big cage for birds, some sculptures and many great trees and flowers. It must be wanderful here in spring or autum, but in summer was too magnificent. It`s only a pity, but when I was here, the most of fountains didn`t work.

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    Capilla de San Antonio

    by evona Updated Aug 30, 2006

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    The chapel is on the way from the Royal Palace to the Principe Jardin. It`s possible to see the interior, but when I was there it was closed. It`s a pity, maybe next time... On the another end of this palce is a beautiful fountain.

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    Palace

    by evona Updated Aug 24, 2006

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    The Royal Palace was built in 1561 by Phillip II. It was the summer residence, and the winter residence was in San Lorenzo de El Escorial. You can see the interior of this Palace. There are really beautiful rooms. The entrance cost 6 Euro.

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    Plaza de Toros in Aranjuez

    by El_Sueco Written Mar 5, 2004

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    Plaza de Toros

    Take a look at the plaza de Toros. It is situated south of the historical part of the town. It has wooden balconies that dates back to the years of Fernando VII, i.e. the early part of the 19th century..

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    Prince Gardens

    by SirRichard Written Jun 29, 2003

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    The main entrance

    These are the main gardens here. They are located all along the river, and have many entrances along the main road.
    They are bigger and "wilder" than the Island's Gardens. Inside you will find:
    - Casa del Labrador palace
    - Vessels Museum
    - Royal embankment
    - Pavillions gardens
    - Apollo's fountain

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    La Casa del Labrador

    by SirRichard Written Jun 29, 2003

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    This smaller palace is located at the extreme of the Prince Gardens, some 3 kms away from the centre.
    It can be visited only upon requirement, you have to phone to 91 891 03 05. Call soon, as the place is small and the groups too...

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