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
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.
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.
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.
Nope, Royalty could not be found here, as their official residence is the less exposed venue of Zarzuela palace. The King and Queen would only be found here during official receptions and events of similar nature... So chances of seeing the Royal family in person could be accounted to more or less 0, as neither you nor me are likely to be invited to this kind of events ;-). Anyway, the beautiful ornamented halls of the palace are open to the public (open from 9.30 to 17.00h mon-sat, 9.00 to 14.00h sun).
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.
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!
This big square dates back to 1.844 and became just pedestrian in the last years of the 20th century.
The square offers:
- The statue of King Felipe IV (in the middle), built in the 17th century by Pietro Tacca.
- Beautiful gardens surrounded by statues of former Kings of Spain.
- Palacio Real (Royal Palace).
- Catedral de la Almudena (Almudena Cathedral).
- Teatro Real (Royal Theatre or Opera House).
- Real Mnasterio de la Encarnación (Encarnación Monastery).
These places have their own tip.
PS: Oriente means orient (east), but the square is on the west of Madrid, funny, isn't it?
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
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).
Plaza de Oriente is the nice pedestrian square with gardens between the Royal Palace and the Opera Theatre.
There you can find nice buildings around and some terraces to have a few drinks in summer...
The Royal Theatre (Teatro Real) was ceremonially inaugurated by the Queen Isabella II on November 19th 1850. In the past Verdi and Wagner operas, works by Stravinsky and Russian ballet performed at the theatre.
Today it has one of the largest stages in the world. The theatre annual programs are diverse from classical to the contemporary.
Plaza de Oriente, s/n Madrid, 28013
Nearest Train: Ópera
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Right in front of the Royal Palace you will find the Plaza de Oriente, a magnificent square that keeps in harmony with the "royal feel". Classical lines, open garden, statues and so on. Also in this square you will be able to find the Royal Theater. This theater is, although not particularly appealing architecture-wise, one of the most important theaters in Spain. There you will be able to watch different Operas and concerts, and althought I still haven't gone to any yet (that's still a must-do on my list!!), I'm sure that quality will always be present!
Here you find the statues of formers Spain's kings.
This is a very beautiful place facing another beauty: the Royal Palace. There were two street musicians playing Spanish songs so, imagine how happy I felt while walking in there!
There is a statue of Felipe IV.
Great place for picnic or just relax if you feel tired after visiting the Royal Palace and the Almudena House.
Plaza de Oriente is located right in front of Royal Palace. In the middle of the square stands a fountain with a statue of Philip IV. on his horse.
The interesting thing about Plaza de Oriente is, that at the side stand several statues of monarchs and important persons, which (as our friend told us) were supposed to stand on the top of the palace. After they had been made, it was found out, that they are too heavy to be placed on the palace, so since that time they stand in the park and between the green colour of trees and plants, i think it fits them much more there on the ground.