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Madrid — By Nellie Huang on March 17, 2010 at 4:19 pm
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Snap Shot Wednesday: The Royal Palace of Madrid

This stunning image features a Renaissance fountain that stands before the majestic Palacio Real (Royal Palace) in Madrid’s city center. This official residence of the King of Spain (although he doesn’t live there) is only used for state ceremonies and is opened to the public.

History

With hundreds of chambers embellished with royal jewels, the Palace is testiment to the Spanish history.  Royal armoury and the famous throne room are the main highlights of the palace. It also houses a great collection of classical Spanish art from such luminaries as Goya and Velazquez.

Panoramic View

The 10th-century fortress is built atop a gentle hill, overlooking the royal gardens. From its sprawling patio, you can catch a good view of the city from above. A cathedral stands across the Plaza de Armas, an arm’s length from the palace.

Visiting Tips

Most visitors make it a point to enter the gates of the Royal Palace for a look at the Spanish imperial history. Try to come on a Wednesday as entry is free. In summer, visitors can wander through the Sabbatini Gardens where emerald green pines and blooming flowers give it a glow.

Palacio Real de Madrid

Address: Calle Bailén, Madrid 28071

Location: Royal Palace

Entrance fee: Prices from 2€ to 11€ depending on which areas you are visiting; Free entry on Wednesdays.

Website: www.patrimonionacional.es

Photo credit: J.A.Alcaide



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