Palacio Real, Madrid

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    Changing of the Guard

    by GentleSpirit Written Jul 11, 2013

    Every Wednesday at noon there is a changing of the guard ceremony every half hour from 11 to 2 pm. Located at the National Palace, in front of the Plaza del Oriente.

    This is a smaller ceremony compared to the Solemn Changing of the Guard, which takes place on the first Wednesday of the month at 1200. Located at the Plaza de la Armeria (next to Almudena Cathedral) this ceremony has 100 guards and horsemen. All the pomp and military ceremony a visitor could want. I tried to see this but the line was just too long.

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    Royal Palace

    by muratkorman Written Dec 22, 2012

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    The palace was built in the 18th century and the royal family spent a few months each year in this palace. However, after 1962 the palace was only used for some official receptions. You can have an idea of royal life as you visit the rooms of the palace. The admission fee is 10 Euros. It also allows entrance to Royal Pharmacy and Royal Armoury which may impress you more than you imagine. Unfortunately, no photos are allowed and all I can share with you is the main square.

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    The Royal Palace

    by GentleSpirit Updated Nov 16, 2012

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    The Spanish Royal Family no longer lives at this Palace, though it is still used for ceremonial occasions. It stands on the site of a former Moorish Palace. Following the 1734 fire, Phillip V had the palace rebuilt. It was grand, huge and ornate, no doubt about it. A lot of the furnishing is far too ornate for my taste. The paintings and the architecture is excellent throughout the palace though.

    In terms of floor area, this is the largest royal palace in Europe (135,00 sq. meters). It has 3418 rooms. It doesn't really seem quite as big as the the foregoing would indicate, though I'm sure the visual effect of the large gardens attached to other palaces makes them seem dramatically larger.

    Photography was not permitted inside the Palace, though now I seem to remember the guides were not overly strict about that.

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    Palacio Real

    by gwened Written Mar 11, 2012

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    wonderful to rival with any in Europe, the King of Spain does not live, it is for the people to enjoy it.
    much writtenon it here, so if need details let me know, lived there for four years,and visit every year .see link on Madrid tourism

    http://www.esmadrid.com/en/cargarAplicacionInfoTuristica.do?identificador=60

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    The Royal Palace

    by IreneMcKay Written Jan 1, 2012

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    We got to the Royal Palace by taking the metro to Opera Station. The palace is apparently the largest in Western Europe and occupies the site of the old Alcazar or Moorish castle which was burnt to the ground in 1734. In front of the palace is the very pleasant Plaza de Oriente with its statue lined gardens. Nearby are the Royal Theatre, the Cafe de Oriente and the cathedral. We did not visit the inside of the palace, but I found the following information about palace visits. Opening hours:
    October to March: Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 5pm, Sundays and holidays, 9am to 2pm
    April to September: Monday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm, Sundays and holidays, 9am to 3pm Closed 1st & 6th January, 1st & 15th May, 12th October, 9th November and 25th December.
    Entry to the Royal Palace depends on which part you'd like to visit, with prices ranging from 2€ to 11€. Free on Wednesdays.

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    Palacio Real / Do nothing

    by akikonomu Written Mar 15, 2008

    After visiting Palacio Real, hang out in the plaza between the palace and the Opera House. The wide open area creates a relaxing atmosphere and is an excellent spot to rest your tired feet or vegetate. Better still if there are buskers playing soulful music in the vicinity.

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    Palacio Real

    by acemj Updated Dec 18, 2002

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    The Royal Palace was my first stop shortly after arriving in Madrid. When you first enter Plaza de Oriente and see the massive palace in front of you, which is twice the size of Buckingham Palace, it truly stirs you inside. Walk to the left from here and you'll see the entrance to the Patio de Armas and the palace itself. You'll enter from the gift shop and you can purchase your ticket for the tour based on your language preference. The palace was inspired by Versaille and the French influences are evident both inside and outside. The rooms inside are spectacular, but I was a little disappointed that they were not more Spanish in style. The predominance of French Rococo decor and frescoes by Italian artists such as Tiepolo are beautiful, but they seem to take away from the patriotism that a Royal Palace should display.

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    Palacio Real (view from Campo...

    by shellseeker Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Palacio Real (view from Campo del Moro)
    With 3000 rooms the Royal Palace contains a larger amount of rooms than any other palace in Europe. Until 1931, the royal family inhabited the building; now, the royal family come here only for state occasions. The huge palace is decorated with frescoes by Tiepolo and Giaquinto, paintings by Goya, Rubens, Valezquez, and El Greco, dozens of Flemish and Spanish tapestries, and endless dazzling rococo decorations.

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    Palacio Real

    by monica78 Written Sep 7, 2002

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    The Royal Palace claims more rooms than any other European palace. It was done in 1734.
    You can walk around in side the palace on your own, but it is also possible take a guided tour.
    You will be amazed about all the different rooms, they are all very beautiful and build in different old styles.

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    THE PALACIO REAL:The Palace...

    by viajeromaga Written Aug 24, 2002

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    THE PALACIO REAL:

    The Palace stands on the site of the older Alcázar Palace, which began as a medieval fortress. In the early 1500´s the Alcázar was used as a hunting logde and it was remodeled by King Felipe II after he established Madrid as his capital city in 1561.

    The current palace was built from 1738 to 1765 after a massive fire destroyed the Alcázar. Today the Royal Palace stands as a huge, neoclassical monument to the spanish monarchy in the 1700´s.

    The Sabatini gardens, on the grounds of the Palace are a classic example of a formal garden with shaped yews shrubbery in geometric shapes and a man-made pond with classical statuary.

    Today, the Palacio Real (Royal Palace) is open to the public as a museum.

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    Palacio Real (Royal Palace)

    by Redang Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Palacio Real (Madrid, Spain)
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    Built between 1.738 and 1.755, it's also known as Palacio de Oriente (Orient Palace), although is on the western part of Madrid.

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  • My students and I visited the...

    by ChicaAmable Written Aug 24, 2002

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    My students and I visited the Palacio Real, which is the former home of Spain's royal family. It is now a museum, as the current royal family lives on their estate, Zarzuela, outside of Madrid.

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