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The Royal Palace of Madrid has a long history as the home of the Spanish Royal Family. Carlos III was the first to establish his residence there and e...

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Get ready to discover one of the most memorable royal castles of Europe! The Royal Palace of Madrid used to be the official residence of the...

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Get ready to discover one of the most emblematic features in Madrid, the Royal Palace, considered one of the biggest royal residences in Eur...

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Skip the line and enter directly into the Royal Palace for this unforgettable guided tour!Get ready to discover the Royal Palace which was b...

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Get ready to discover one of the most emblematic highlights of Madrid, the Royal Palace well-known due to its marvelous architecture, artwor...

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If you are planning to discover the best-known sights in Madrid and admire the architecture and elegance of the world-famous Royal Palace th...

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This one-day tour takes you to the best cultural attractions in Madrid, the Prado Museum and the Royal Palace.In the morning you will visit ...

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This is the best tour to get acquainted with the city. You’ll get to see the most important buildings, avenues, squares, monuments as well a...

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Visit the Royal Palace of Madrid with an expert professional guide. Admire the throne room, the hall of mirrors, the banquet hall and the pr...

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Take your camera or smartphone and join our walking tours and coach tours to remember Madrid in a different way!Madrid is a city of multiple...

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On this two-day tour, see some of the most important historical and cultural sites in Spain. On day one, you'll visit Toledo and Segovia. On...

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Don't miss the chance to discover Madrid's history while relaxing at El Retiro, crossing the Gran Vía or admiring the imposing elegance of t...

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With this walking tour you will discover the most emblematic buildings from the Renaissance and Baroque period of Madrid.Habsburg is the nam...

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The Royal Palace of Madrid has a long history as the home of the Spanish Royal Family. Carlos III was the first to establish his residence there and even today it is still the official residence of the Spanish Royal family. Although the family reside in the Zarzuela Palace (Palacio de la Zarzuela), the palace is still used for receptions, ceremonies and official events.

Built on the remains of a fortress destroyed in a fire on Christmas Eve 1734, the construction of the Royal Palace began in 1738 and ended in 1764. When Felipe V, first of the Bourbon kings, originally conceived the royal palace he dreamed of a place that would surpass anything of its kind in Europe. While it fell somewhat short of the mark (he died before the plan was fully realised), the resulting palace is still a Baroque beauty of epic proportions. It was Carlos III (known as the Mayor of Madrid) who became the first monarch to occupy the building.

The palace, inspired by sketches made by Bernini for the construction of the Louvre in Paris, is built in the form of a square and looks out over a large courtyard. With more than 3,000 rooms, visiting the largest royal palace in Europe is an experience. The decoration of the palace's rooms and their layout has gradually changed over the years as the building has been adapted to suit the needs of its residents.

Highlights include the velvet-walled Salón del Trono (Throne Room), the Salón de Gasparini (Gasparini Room) with inlaid floors and a 2-ton chandelier, the sumptuous banquet room, royal armoury, and pharmacy filled with medicine jars and curiosities. The building is surrounded by elaborate gardens, including the Capo del Moro gardens and the Sabatini gardens.

The building can be visited nearly all year round, and only closes during official acts and festivities. Don’t miss the changing of the guard of the Royal Palace, which takes place every Wednesday and Saturday. Times for the changing of the guard vary depending on the time of year so please check ahead of your visit.

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Royal Palace of Madrid Calle Bailén, s/n, 28071 Madrid Madrid
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