Royal Palace, Madrid

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    The Royal Palace occupies the...

    by jill_archer Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The Royal Palace occupies the site of the Muslim Alacaza (9th century), rebuilt by Charles V and Philip 11. From 1561 onwards, it was the usual residence of the monarchs.
    After its desruction by fire in 1734, Philip V ordered a New Royal Palace to be built on the same site.
    The initial plan by Juvarra was adapted by Sacchetti. Work began in 1738, and concluded in 1764 during the reign of Charles 111, who commissioned most of the decoration.

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    Become a king or queen

    by benidormone Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The palace is open to the public daily unless a state visit or other major event is on the calendar. Its no longer the Royal Family's home.

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    Palacio Real

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    National Palace. This is an amazing structure on a grand scale both inside and out. The palace was finished in 1764. Guided tours are available of the inside.

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    Sketch & eat at a cafe with a great view!

    by DJStarr Written Dec 18, 2009

    Just south of the Royal Palace, there are several outdoor cafes overlooking the palace. I sat at one half the afternoon nursing a glass or two of red wine and sketching. Lovely way to spend a day!

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    Royal Palace - Interior

    by el_ruso Written May 1, 2007

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    The highlights of the interior are the throne room with a painted ceiling and a magnificent dining room. There is also a room with a collection of Stradivari violins.

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    Worth a trip

    by jnyvegas Written Feb 26, 2007

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    Try to get a tour if you can, there is a lot to see, and learn about. The palace is still in use for special ocasions.

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    Royal Palace

    by lilnation Written Jun 24, 2005

    The Royal Palace is the largest palace in Europe. It was built on a old fortress site that was destroyed by fire in the 1700's.

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    Royal Palace

    by scybak Written May 17, 2005

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    This beautiful palace is situated beside the Cathedral Almudena. The constructions began in 1737 under the rule of Philip V and was completed in 1764.

    inside the gates of the Royal Palace

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    Plaza De Oriente

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Apr 10, 2005

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    This plaza is in front of the Palacio Real. It includes a huge collection of sculpture of Kings and other famous figures from Spanish history.

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    Royal Palace

    by evona Updated Apr 22, 2004

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    Plaza de Oriente. There is the sculpture of Philipp IV on horse. This work of art made Pietro Tacci in year 1640 on the grounds of an Valazquez`s portrait.

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    Strolling down C. Mayor to C.de Bailen

    by echoette Written Oct 6, 2003

    Though technically not a part of the Los Austrias neighborhood the Palacio Real is near enough to include on a walking tour.

    Queen for a day?
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    Entrance hall

    by El_Sueco Written Aug 17, 2003

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    A stair of marble leeds you to the first floor. The staty is Carlos III as a roman emperor.
    The allegorial paintings in the ceiling were painted by Giaquinto.

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    Palacio Real

    by Pinoy Written Feb 25, 2003

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    If we think of courtly Madrid, the neo-Classical pilasters of the Palacio Real are the ones making up the image.

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