Royal Palace : Michelin's recommendations
The Bourbons built this impressive edifice, after the old Alcazar, the palace of the Habsburgs, had been destroyed by fire in 1734. The Italian architect Filippo Juvara was given the job of building the new palace by Philip V and it became the official royal residence until the Republic was declared in 1931 (today the Royal Family prefer to live in the much cosier Zarzuela Palace). This huge block of Guadarrama granite measuring 140 m on each side and raised on a pedestal-like boss, is striking because of its colossal scale: just think that it has no less than 2 000 rooms! It is true that, in the 19C, royal employees could live there in apartments under the eaves and many plots were hatched there, in an atmosphere that Pérez Galdos brought to life in La de Bringas. Access is through Armoury Square and you can then visit (on guided tours) the Column Room (ballroom and royal banqueting hall, kept today for official ceremonies, such as the ratification of the membership treaty when Spain joined the EEC), then the sumptuous Throne Room, the decorations of which are in good condition and date from the reign of Charles III. You will be dazzled by the exceptional Gasparini Room, with rococo décor as sophisticated as it is sumptuous, the marvellous Porcelain Room, a masterpiece by the Buen Retiro porcelain factory or, even more unusually, be amused by the neo-gothic billiard room in the apartments of Queen Maria-Christina. As for the royal pharmacy, it is enough to make any hypochondriac green with envy!
- Address : Bailén, s/n E - 28013 Madrid28013Madrid
- Phone : 914548800
- E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website : http://www.patrimonionacional.es
- Prices : 10 € (-16 years old 5 €)
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