Plaza de Oriente, Madrid

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    Plaza de Oriente

    by marielexoteria Updated Sep 26, 2007

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    Madrid is a "green" city with a lot of parks and gardens to contrast their jungle of concrete and cement. Plaza de Oriente is a small but beautiful green oasis in front of (or behind?) the Royal Palace and close to the Almúdena Cathedral. It was built to put some distance between the royal family and any possible street disturbances. Nowadays it's one place to take a break from walking while enjoying the scenery of 2 beautiful buildings, or perhaps to have a picnic. One of the most picturesque people I saw there was a woman with one of these old cameras. We wanted to ask how much it would cost to have our picture taken but she was packing to go home.

    Beware of some women offering foot massages and other street sellers.

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    Plaza de Oriente

    by msocolin Written Aug 8, 2007

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    Plaza de Oriente is a square that's located between the Royal Palace and the Teatro Real. It was built in the 19th century. Inside the square you will find a lot of statues of Spain's monarchs. These statues were intended for the roof of the Royal Palace, but it when they were finished, they turned out to be too heavy for the roof.

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    Plaza de Oriente

    by el_ruso Written May 3, 2007

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    This is a very beautiful square between the royal palace and the royal theater. It contains statues of all the Spanish monarchs (Asturias, Castilla, Leon and Aragon), so you can brush up on your history :D

    The opera building actually was plagued with problems after being built in XIX century, and has reopened only recently.

    The statue to Felipe IV was designed in part by Galileo.

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    Beautiful and peaceful

    by Joacim Written Dec 27, 2006

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    The Plaza sits on the east side of the Royal Palace and it derives its name from this orientation. The Plaza was completed during the rein of Isabel II but started by Joseph Bonaparte who ruled Spain from 1808 to 1814AD.

    In the18th century, prior to the establishment of the Plaza, a group of actors established a theater in this area. In decay by 1818, the theater was demolished and work was started on a Royal Theatre to replace it. The period between 1818 to 1849 was a turbulent time for Spain. Construction of the Royal Theater was delayed until Isabel II stepped in to order its completion, which finally occurred in 1850.

    Around the garden of the plaza are statutes of Spain's monarchs. These statutes were intended to adorn the roof top of the Royal Palace but once they were completed, it was discovered they were way to heavy for the building.

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    Free summer evening concerts

    by Roadquill Written Aug 20, 2006

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    There are regularly scheduled free music concerts at the Plaza de Oriente. One evening I stopped by and enjoyed a live Mozart Quartet. It was raining and they postponed the start for about an hour, most people waiting under umbrellas. When it cleared up, the musicians rushed out, the techies set up the stage. They just were finishing when the rain came up and the violinist had to hold down the music with the end of his violin.

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    Check out Madrid's Statues of Former Monarchs

    by scottishvisitor Updated Jun 27, 2006

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    The statues of former Spanish Monarchs line the pretty Plaza de Oriente, they were designed & build to go on the top of the Royal Palace but proved too heavy and were placed on plinths and adorn the Plaza. The Plaza was completed in the Rein of Isabel ll but Joseph Bonaparte was the rulling monarch when the design began. This place is very popular with tourists and locals alike - a great place to meet up with friends have a drink & sample some music from the many musicians who entertain you while you relax in this lovely atmospheric place.

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written May 26, 2006

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    Plaza de Oriente appeared in 1811 at the opposite side of the Royal palace at smart east entrance. Under the order Zhozef Bonaparte the space around the palace was cleared away. Apartment houses, monasteries and churches were demolished. Statues of Spanish kings were installed on their place. Originally there were planned to install them on a roof of the palace, but figures appeared too heavy. There is an equestrian statue of Phillip IV in the center of Plaza de Oriente.
    The Teatro Real built in 1850 is also situated on Plaza de Oriente.

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    Plaza de Oriente

    by ger4444 Written Apr 7, 2006

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    i have many afternoons spend on that place. Having a great view on the Royal Palcesitting at one of the terraces next to to Opera (Teatro Real) what could be bettre!!?? This plaza has been the senery of many events as kings spook to the auduence from the balconery as well as Franco had his monologues from there. In trhe middle of the square there is again a king on a horse just like you d see at sol and plaza Mayor, this time its Phillips the 4 th, to wtch the whole scenery, have a cafe solo at the terras of caf? de Oriente

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    Plaza del Oriente

    by Lorro Updated Jan 27, 2006

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    This plaza is a beautiful crescent shaped park lined with trees, statues of the former kings of Spain and it is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the view of the Palace.

    The plaza was created by Jose I Bonaparte (Napoleons brother) to seperate the royal family, who were living in the Palace, from the comon folk.

    The statue at the center of the plaza represents Felipe IV and none other than Galileo Galilei was involved to balance the statue correctly (the horse is reared up on its back legs).

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    Beautiful gardens

    by Yijie Written Jun 9, 2005

    The gardens of Plaza de Oriente have a surreal effect and it is no wonder that I saw a few people just contented to lie on the concrete benches. The statue of Philip IV in the centre of the Plaza is also quite a sight, it seems like the horse that he is on is really alive and leaping into the air.

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    Plaza de Oriente

    by scybak Written May 19, 2005

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    This is a very nice plaza with many gardens in front of the Royal Palace. There are many interesting statues of many kings. It is a nice place to rest after you vist the Royal Palace/Almudena cathedral or after you walked up Calle del Arenal or Calle del Mayor.

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    Plaza de Oriente

    by nhcram Written Feb 13, 2005

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    Situated between the Royal Palace and the Opera house is the Plaza de Oriente. We sat here on our last day in Madrid soaking up some last minute sun before going to the airport.
    In the centre of the square is a statue of Philip the fourth on a horse. It is surrounded by lovely buildings and of course a great view of the Palace

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    Magnificent Plaza de Oriente

    by agarcia Updated May 3, 2004

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    If you ever ask me about the most elegant and classy spot of Madrid, I would have little doubts in answer Plaza de Oriente. Its location between the spectacular architecture of the Royal Theater and the Royal Palace, along with the spectacular sunsets that could be witness there, the street musicians, the charming terraces that surround it... Yes, if you ever ask me about the most romantic place in Madrid, my answer will definitely be Plaza de Oriente.

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    Plaza de Oriente

    by andal13 Written Dec 17, 2003

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    Plaza de Oriente (Orient Square) is one of the most famous Madrilean squares; it is quite large, has several trees and other plants, and a series of statues of Spaniard Kings. It is situated between Palacio Real de Oriente (Royal Palace) and Teatro Real (Royal Theatre).
    You may say that the picture does not show the square; you are right. I took this picture from Plaza de Oriente, and I humbly think it is one of my best shots!

    Plaza de Oriente es una de las plazas madrileñas más famosas; es bastante grande, tiene varios árboles y otras plantas, y una serie de estatuas de diferentes reyes españoles. Está situada entre el Palacio Real de Oriente y el Teatro Real.
    Podrás decir que esta foto no muestra la plaza, y tienes razón. Tomé esta foto desde Plaza de Oriente, y modestamente creo que es una de mis mejores fotos!

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    Plaza de Oriente

    by Carmela71 Updated Nov 11, 2003

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    This square was designed at the time of Joseph Bonaparte.

    The French wanted to build a wide boulevard in the style of Champs Elys?es in Paris, but the project was stopped.

    Right now you can see a two lines of statues of all the kings prior to the Catholic ones, Kings of the reigns of Leon, Castilla, etc... 44 statues of Kings and Queens, really impressive lol

    In the center of the square is a statue of Felipe IV on horseback.

    I am afraid in my times we did not had to memorised all of them, as in my mother times, hehehe... I do not know why but some of the ones I remember are Recaredo, Wamba ...

    In the times of Franco this was the place were all the demonstrations were held

    Now lets walk around the Square to visit the Teatro Real

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