This former royal residence (Palacio Real) houses a fantastic collection of paintings (Velázquez, Caravaggio, and ... More
This former royal residence (Palacio Real) houses a fantastic collection of paintings (Velázquez, Caravaggio, and Goya), sculptures, furniture, tapestries, glassware, gold and silverware, medals, porcelain, and musical instruments. It is well worth visiting the rooms decorated by Gasparini as well as the Royal Pharmacy, the Library, and the Royal Armory. King Felipe V commissioned the Italian architect Sabatini to design the palace, and the work was carried out between 1738-1770.
It is interesting to read some of the comments about photography in the palace. Things may have changed since we were there in 2007 but, then it was no flash photographs. They got very insistent if they saw a flash go off. I have about 50 shots inside the palace.
Either way it is worth the time to visit.
We did the Palacio Real tour. The cost was 10 euros. We thought we were going to see about 50 rooms of the palace. We only were able to see 15-20. There were NO PHOTOS ALLOWED. The security guards were around every corner and were barking very loudly "NO PHOTOS", "NO PHOTOS". So don't even try to take a picture. The tour took us approx 90 minutes and the rooms we did see were beautiful. We also thought there were gardens to see but we didn't see any and could not find anywhere there might be gardens.
The Palacio Real of Madrid is beautiful but please use caution with photography. You are NOT allowed to take pictures anywhere inside the Palace and I found out the hard way (because there aren´t any warning signs anywhere about not being able to take pictures).
I was highly embarrased infront of 50 other people when I took a picture of one of the beautiful rooms and this security guard literally yells at me in Spanish not to take pictures. I politely asked him to please not scream at me because I wasn´t aware and he yelled back even louder in Spanish that he will tell me however it needs to be told that you cannot take pictures. I´m surprised this place is even open to the public!
So please keep this caution in mind if visiting this place because the security guards are NOT friendly at all and they will scream at you if caught taking pictures. I simply walked out, I wasn´t interested in continuing with the tour because if I can´t take pictures then it wasn´t worthy of my presence in there as a tourist and after being screamed at even less
My husband and I visited the Palace a few years ago. It was an absolutely fantastic place to tour. The history and artistry was incredible to see. Our daughter was there 2 years ago on a school trip. She loved it too.I have recommended it to people I know that were going to Madrid, It is a must see location!
Impressive,majestic and an eloquent example
of late baroque architecture.Makes Buckingham
Palace(London) look like a townhouse.Said to
be the largest palace in Europe.Houses an outstanding collection of old masters,object
d'art,tapestries and armory.Great for the entire family.In front of the beautiful Plaza Oriente.
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