Madrid's royal palace
The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family. Nowadays the palace is used exclusively for receptions, ceremonies and official acts since the kings of Spain reside in the Palace of the Zarzuela. The Royal Palace is also known as Palacio de Oriente.
The construction of the Royal Palace began in 1738 and the works lasted for seventeen years. Shortly after its completion, in 1764, Carlos III established in it his habitual residence. The location of the palace was the same that occupied the Palace of the Austrias, destroyed by a fire on Christmas Eve of 1734.
The Palacio de Oriente is surrounded by the gardens of Campo del Moro and Sabatini Gardens. The first, to the west, date back to the Middle Ages; The second, were created in the twentieth century and are in the north. Campo del Moro can be visited during the day.
The changing of the guard
The change of guard of the Royal Palace of Madrid is celebrated every Wednesday from October to July at 11 in the morning. It can be canceled by official acts or adverse weather conditions.
Visit the Royal Palace
The Royal Palace offers both free and guided visits throughout the year, closing only during official events.
Typical visit includes entrance to:
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