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Reviews: Royal Palace Madrid
General description: Royal Palace MadridThe Palacio Real de Madrid came about because in the mid 18th century Italian architects were commissioned to built Philip V a new royal palace, bringing the glory of Versailles to Madrid.
Story of the Pacio Real
In the end, however, they built a very Spanish structure: austere, square and massive. Inside, three noble floors of the total seven are filled with ornate, Baroque splendour. The palace has a total area of 100,000 m2. Visitors are hurried through 50 of the 250 royal chambers in around an hour. It is a trip through a fairytale world of precious paintings, tapestries, ceiling frescos, stucco ornament, chandeliers, furniture, clocks, porcelain, swords, guns, armour, maps, books and, finally, the Royal Apothecary's. There is no time to take in details. Simply get an idea of the splendour which the Bourbons granted themselves, while most of their subjects survived on little more than 500 g of bread a day and a little lamb. After the old Alcázar on the same spot burned down in 1734, construction work started two years later on the new palace with Classical façade, designed by the Italians Filippo Juvarra and Giovanni Battista Sacchetti. This time, to prevent a new inferno, as little wood as possible was used, and granite, limestone and white marble were employed to build the palace on a 130 x 130 m floor plan. Charles III was the first resident in 1764 and the palace remained the royal residence until the overthrow of the monarchy in 1931. Spain's present King Juan Carlos, who has been in office since 1975, lives outside Madrid at Zarzuela Palace, and the Palacio Real is used only for formal occasions such as visits by guests of state or the wedding of his son Felipe in May 2004.
Visiting the Palace
10am - 6pm (8pm Summer
Basic Rate: €10
Reduced Rate: €5