Royal Palace of Madrid

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Madrid's Royal Palace is one of the finest palaces in Europe. The Royal Palace is where state ceremonies, official banquets, and other state functions occurred. Zarzuela Palace outside Madrid houses the home of his Majesty, the King of Spain.

It is wrong to call it "Palacio de Oriente" due to its closeness with the "Plaza de Oriente" square on the palace's east side. In the ninth century, Toledo's Muslim kingdom built a defense that Castile's kings used later. The kings of Castile built the former Alcazar castle during the 16th century.

A fire broke out and devastated the old Alcazar on Christmas Eve in 1734. King Felipe V planned to build a palace for his Borbon dynasty on the old Alcazar site. The Italian Filippo Juvara designed the new, grand palace along the lines of France’s Versailles.

Stone and brick were used to vault construction between 1738 and 1755 so that fire could not break out. Carlos III had his residence there in 1764.

Rich materials like Spanish marble, stucco, and mahogany were used for interior decoration.
Leading artists Giaquinto, Tiepolo, Mengs, and his Spanish pupils Bayeu and Maella had mahogany doors and windows, and frescoes.

Over time, different artistic styles led to the changes in the decoration of the Royal Palace of Madrid. On the south side, the "Plaza de Armas" served as the palace's principal entrance apart from a central interior courtyard. The courtyard overlooks the Almudena Cathedral.

The palace comprises 44 staircases, 240 balconies, and 870 windows in an area of 13 hectares.


Royal Armoury and Royal Pharmacy

The Royal Armoury has a significant collection of housing weapons and armors of kings of Spain and other royal family members since the 13th century. Virgin with Child by Luis Morales, Portrait of Isabella the Catholic by Juan de Flandes, Salome with John the Baptist by Caravaggio, and works by such artists as Velázquez, Goya, Federico Madrazo, and Sorolla are the artistic treasures in the Painting Gallery.

Titian portrayed the armory and full tools that Emperor Charles V used in the battle of Mühlberg in the famous equestrian portrait. The Spanish Civil War and the Peninsular War were the reasons for losing the most important pieces of this art in Europe. 

Royal Pharmacy is another museum that showcases cabinets for storing medicinal herbs, stills, bottles, containers, and prescriptions dispensed to the Royal Family. The factory at La Granja de San Ildefonso (Segovia) manufactured the bottles.


Plaza de Oriente

Oriente Square lies on the west side of the palace. Narciso Pascual y Colomer designed this square in 1844. King Joseph I propagated the square in a rectangular shape and ordered the razing of the medieval houses on the site.

The Central Gardens, the Cabo Noval Gardens, and the Lepanto Gardens are the three quadrants. The central monument to Philip IV has the Central Gardens developed around it as a baroque model garden. It has seven flowerbeds packed with box hedges, magnolia, yew, cypress, and flower plantations.  The sculpture collection has statues from fifteen kings of the early Christian kingdoms and five Visigoth kings.


Campo del Moro Gardens

Champo del More is the Palace Gardens. The troops of the Muslim leader Ali ben Yusuf camped in this palace in 1109 to conquer Madrid. Philip IV built fountains and planted different kinds of vegetation.

Isabel II designed a big park of the Romanticist style. After the Isabel II period, the garden suffered abandonment and neglect until the regency of Maria Christina of Austria. This period witnessed a series of rehabilitation works that gave it the current design, like the layout of the English gardens of the 19th century.



  • Sunday : 10:00 am to 04:00 pm
  • Sunday : 10:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Sunday : 10:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Sunday : 10:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Sunday : 10:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Sunday : 10:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Sunday : 10:00 am to 06:00 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.


How to Reach

  • Bus : Lines 3, 25, 39 and 148 General: on the esplanade of Almudena Groups: Groups Access on Bailén street.
  • Underground : Lines 5 and 2. Get off at Opera station. General: on the esplanade of Almudena Groups: Groups Access on Bailén street.
  • Commuter train : Get down at Príncipe Pío Station. General: on the esplanade of Almudena Groups: Groups Access on Bailén street.


Ticket Pricing

  • Basic Admission : 13 € (1135.50 INR)
  • Reduced Admission : 7 € (611.42 INR) ... The following individuals can avail of reduced admission: Citizens between 5 and 16 years of age can avail of Reduced Admission by producing identification cards or passports. Senior citizens above 65 years of age. Students up to 25 years of age with national or international student’s card.
  • Free Admission : 0 €... The following individuals can avail of reduced admission: Children under 5 years of age. Members of the ICOM (International Museum Council). Official Tourist Guides. Professors with teaching staff identity card. Persons with disabilities.


Royal Palace of Madrid, Calle de Bailén, Madrid, Spain

Rating & Reviews

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Giorgia Bellu
Giorgia Bellu
07/26/2020 15:03
The Palace was stunning!!! I've enjoyed all the rooms,the ceilings, the curtains and the furniture. I've liked the usage of the earphone so you could listen the guide meanwhile you were looking the paintings or something else.
Simon Drury
Simon Drury
08/03/2020 22:35
Take an audio guide as it will explain details that otherwise you would miss. Large palace, but I have visited stately homes in England that I found more interesting. I would only spend time here if I had many free days in Madrid. Frankly, the exterior looks more impressive than the interiors.
Chub Chenny
Chub Chenny
07/11/2020 18:43
I'm a single traveller and spend my morning here gone through all the audio guide. It was a great experience. But I have to admit I didn't remember much of the royal family history except they have a pretty awesome Stradivarius collection room inside! Definitely worth visiting. Great for single travellers. MAKE SURE YOU BOOK IN ADVANCE.
nathan stevenson
nathan stevenson
08/26/2020 01:22
This place is amazing. As a Brit I always though that the British monarchy was extravagant, but boy was I mistaken. This palace has the level of decoration and wealth that you see in TV/film. Every room is jaw dropping. If you go to Madrid, go here.
Minh Hiền Trương
Minh Hiền Trương
08/21/2020 08:13
The palace is located on the site of a 9th-century Moorish Alcázar, near the town of Magerit, constructed as an outpost by Muhammad I of Córdoba[5] and inherited after 1036 by the independent Moorish Taifa of Toledo. After Madrid fell to King Alfonso VI of Castile in 1083, the edifice was only rarely used by the kings of Castile. In 1329, King Alfonso XI of Castile convened the cortes of Madrid for the first time. King Felipe II moved his court to Madrid in 1561. The Castilian Alcázar was built on the location in the 16th century. After it burned 24 December 1734, King Felipe V ordered a new palace built on the same site. Construction spanned the years 1738 to 1755[6] and followed a Berniniesque design by Filippo Juvarra and Giovanni Battista Sacchetti in cooperation with Ventura Rodríguez, Francesco Sabatini, and Martín Sarmiento. King Carlos III first occupied the new palace in 1764. The last monarch who lived continuously in the palace was King Alfonso XIII, although Manuel Azaña, president of the Second Republic, also inhabited it, making him the last head of state to do so. During that period the palace was known as "Palacio Nacional". There is still a room next to the Real Capilla, which is known by the name "Office of Azaña". The interior of the palace is notable for its wealth of art and the use of many types of fine materials in the construction and the decoration of its rooms. It includes paintings by artists such as Caravaggio, Juan de Flandes, Francisco de Goya, and Velázquez, and frescoes by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Corrado Giaquinto, and Anton Raphael Mengs. Other collections of great historical and artistic importance preserved in the building include the Royal Armoury of Madrid, porcelain, watches, furniture, silverware, and the world's only complete Stradivarius string quintet. Wikipedia

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The Royal Palace of Madrid is one of the largest palaces in Europe with more than 3000 rooms. It is an excellent site to get insight into the glorious history of Spain.
Free entry is available to all visitors from Monday to Thursday between 5 pm and 7 pm. This has been the adobe of the kings of Spain from Charles III to Alfonso XIII. Madrid's Royal Palace will make you aware about the history of Spain....
The guided tour takes about 45 minutes for in-depth learning....
.Royal Palace of Madrid is open from 10:00 am to 06:00 pm...
You can visit the following attractions alongside the Royal Palace of Madrid: (0.10 km) Monumento a Filippo IV (0.10 km) The Royal Armoury of Madrid (0.22 km) Plaza de Oriente (0.15 km) TeatroTour MADRID (0.10 km) Plaza De Armas ...
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