Madrid

Spain



Address:
Calle Bailén

28071
Phone: 0034 914 548 800
Fax: 0034 915 426 947
Website: www.patrimonionacional.es/en/preal/preal.htm

Palacio Real De Madrid

The Palacio Real de Madrid (Royal Palace of Madrid) is the official residence of His Majesty the King of Spain who makes use of it for official ceremonies, though not residing there.

The origins of the Palace go back to the 9th century during which the Islamic Kingdom of Toledo built a defensive fort on the site, later used by the Kings of Castile. It was on this ancient fortress that the Old Alcázar was constructed in the 16th century.

The Alcázar was destroyed by fire on Christmas Eve 1734, and King Philip V wished for a new palace occupying the same site. The entire complex was built with stone and brick vaulting, without any wood so that no future fire could destroy it.

Building work took place from 1738 to 1755 and King Charles III took up residence in the Palace in 1764.


 Permanent Collection Highlights (6)

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Permanent Collection

The decoration of the Royal Palace has evolved over time in accordance with the styles prevailing at different moments. From the reign of King Charles III are the Throne Room, the King's Chamber (or Gasparini Room) and the Porcelain Room, a masterpiece produced by the Royal Factory of El Buen Retiro.
Rich materials were used for the construction and decoration: Spanish marble, gilded stucco, mahogany in doors and windows; and important works of art include frescoes by the principal artists of the period, Giaquinto, Tiepolo and Mengs, and their Spanish followers Bayeu and Maella.
From the reign of Charles IV are the Hall of Mirrors and Queen María Luisa's Plasterwork Room, while the Gala Dining Room dates from the reign of King Alfonso XII.
In addition to the rooms occupied by the Royal Family during the reign of King Alfonso XIII, the Palace also contains a select Painting Gallery with major works including the Polyptych by Juan de Flandes, Salomé by Caravaggio, The Horse by Velázquez, and several by Goya. Also on display are such notable musical instruments as the Quartet made by Stradivari for the King of Spain, and the outstanding collection of armour in the Royal Armoury.

THE THRONE ROOM
The decoration of the Throne Room has been preserved intact from the reign of King Charles III. The ceiling fresco, completed in 1766, was painted by Tiepolo; it represents the Allegory of the Spanish Monarchy, with personifications of the different Spanish possessions around the world. The carved gilt furniture and the embroidery of the velvet wall-hangings were manufactured in Naples, where Charles III had reigned previously. The mirrors, enormous for the period, are from ...+ [ Read all ]






Cost

ROYAL PALACE, PHARMACY AND ROYAL ARMOURY
General: 8 euros (10 euros guided visit)
*Reduced: 6 euros
**Minimum: 3.50 euros

OFFICIAL ROOMS AND PAINTING GALLERY
General: 11 euros
*Reduced: 7 euros
**Minimum: 4 euros

PAINTING GALLERY
2 euros

ROYAL ARMOURY
General: 3.40 euros
*Reduced: 2.50 euros
**Minimum: 1.70 euros


*Travel agency groups
**Children 5-16 years old, school groups, workshops, retired people, over 65s or pensioners from the EU or Ibero-American countries, students, disabled people, members of museum associations, Carnet Joven holders, large families

Free entry: under 5s, pre-booked school groups, every Wednesday for EU members or residents of Ibero-American countries, large families from the EU or Ibero-American countries, teachers and 18th May for the general public


Opening hours

ROYAL PALACE, PHARMACY AND ROYAL ARMOURY

Winter (October to March)
Mondays to Saturdays 09:30 to 17:00
Sundays and public holidays 09:00 to 14:00

Summer (April to September)
Mondays to Saturdays 09:00 to 18:00
Sundays and public holidays 09:00 to 15:00


CAMPO DEL MORO (GARDENS)

Winter (October to March)
Mondays to Saturdays 10:00 to 18:00
Sundays and public holidays 09:00 to 18:00

Summer (April to September)
Mondays to Saturdays 10:00 to 20:00
Sundays and public holidays 09:00 to 20:00


The palace is closed on the following days: 1st and 6th January, 1st and 15th May, 12th October, 9th November and 24th, 25th and 31st December. It is also occasionally closed for state occasions.
The palace is open during a limited schedule on the following days: 5th and 6th April, 2nd May, 15th August, 1st November and 6th and 8th December.


Getting there

Calle Bailén
28071 Madrid
SPAIN

Tel: (+34) 914 548 800
Fax: (+34) 915 426 947
Email: info@patrimonionacional.es


BUS: Lines 3, 25, 39 and 148
METRO (Underground): Lines 5 and 2 (Opera Station)
MAP: http://www.patrimonionacional.es/en/infprac/visitas/mpalacio.htm


Facilities

Access for the disabled (manual wheelchairs are available)


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