Royal Palace

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Calle Bailén
Madrid, Spain
91 454 88 00
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Royal Palace
The Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real) was commissioned in the 18th century by Felipe V.  The huge (2,800 room) palace is lavishly decorated with furniture and artwork, and its classical French architecture was partly inspired by Versailles.    Most of the rooms are closed to the public, but there is a guided tour that lasts almost two hours and covers 50 of the main rooms in the palace.   You will see works by Velasquez and Caravaggio on the tour, as well as the grand throne room containing the royal seats of the king and queen.  It remains an official palace of the Spanish monarchy although the king lives in the simpler Zarzuela Palace instead.  The Royal Palace is sometimes still used for official functions.
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First To Review: Viola F.
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Oct 9, 2008
Having visited many royal palaces, I would definitely recommend Madrid's Palacio Real. Not only does it provide an insight into the history of the Spanish royal family (exceedingly complex) but it also gives a real feel for the history of Spain. While it's possible to take a guided tour if you turn up at the right time, this tends to be a bit whirlwind. It's also possible to hire an audio guide but they're not always available in every language and once you've put the headphones on, you can't really share what the palace has to offer with your travelling companions. Far better in my view is to buy the excellent guide to the palace from the book shop and appoint one of your group as tour leader. You can then take as long as you like to look around the palace and marvel over some of the fascinating objects within the palace.
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Oct 1, 2010
If you want to visit the inside of the Palace you have to be on time because there is quite a waiting queue. The palace is quite impressive and worth a visit especially the "Real armeria" which has a collection of medieval and modern weapons, lances, metal armor of knights and armor for the horses from the heritage of King Charles I and his son Philip II.
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Oct 27, 2009
Sprawling gardens and beautiful architecture made for a magnificent view.. unfortunately it was unreasonably hot when i went in late June.. Madrid is an amazing city though there are a lot of great things to see around the Palacio
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Oct 21, 2008
Otra de mis zonas preferidas de Madrid, es preciosa la vista que se tiene del palacio y la Almudena cuando vas por el Puente de Segovia y se ven en lo alto junto al resto del perfil de Madrid .
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Sep 1, 2008
che dire...stupendo!! potevo elencare i vari locali che abbiamo girato ma il palazzo reale mi è rimasto decisamente impresso!! un po di cultura a volte non guasta in fondo!! ;-)
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