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The Royal palaces near Madrid

The Royal palace in Madrid is not the only palace that belongs to the Royal family which can be visited. As a matter of fact, for many locals, the best palaces are those located in the surroundings of Madrid. The Spain royal palaces include Aranjuez and El Escorial, both Unesco sites, and La Granja de San Ildefonso, located near Segovia and which along with this amazing unesco town, make for one of the best day tours to enjoy from Madrid. 

The Royal Palace of Aranjuez and gardens

History of Aranjuez Royal palace In 1560 Philip II commissioned the architect Juan Bautista de Toledo to build an extension to the hunting lodge built by Charles V. After his death the work was continued by Juan de Herrera (El Escorial) . Between 1660-65 the castle was destroyed by fire; Philip V had it rebuilt in 1722. Under Ferdinand VI and Charles III the building was further enlarged by the architect Sabatini (Royal palace ) . The throyal palaceree-storey main façade has corner pavilions with domes, and the two-storey wings end with arcades. The main building has statues of

El Escorial in Madrid, Spain

El Escorial is one of Spain´s top tourist attractions. This massive building serves as a church, monastery, palace, mausoleum, library, museum, and school. It is constructed out of granite blocks from the nearby mountain range, the Sierra de Guadarrama. The two bell towers and the high dome are a distinctive feature of the complex. Altogether it comprises 16 courtyards, 12 cloisters, 86 staircases, over 2,000 windows, 88 fountains, and 13 chapels and oratories!!! Where is El Escorial located? The Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial is located at the town known as El Escorial. The history of this town has

Palace and gardens - La Granja de San Ildefonso

Palace and gardens – La Granja de San Ildefonso- Segovia

The beautiful grounds are perhaps the most attractive feature of La Granja. They were designed in classical French style along the lines of Le Notre’s gardens at Versailles and cover anotal area of some 360 acres surrounded by a fence nearly 4 miles long. The paths and squares were finished in 1723, at a total length of 22 miles; the elm and wild chest nut trees were planted in the same year. The garden was planned by René Carlier, whose task was helped by Marchand’s preparation of the soil and construction of channels. After Carlier’s death, Esteban Boutelou took

Palacio Real

Royal palace of Madrid – complete visitors guide

Madrid Royal palace – history, tickets and tours The Royal Palace of Madrid was built after a fire that occurred on the 24th of December 1734 in the Real Alcazar. The first Wednesday of every month (except in summer) at 11 am, you can watch the change of guards. You can visit the interior of the Royal Palace and the different rooms such as the armory and also some of the paintings of the royal collection, although, the majority of them were transferred to the Prado museum in the XIX century. Average customer review Score for Palacio Real 8.5

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