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401 reviews of Royal Palace

Juan Manuel Moreno

The most beautiful palace in all of Europ


Heading around the corner from Mayor Street toward Bailén Street and walking in the direction of Plaza de Espana, we pass the Almudena Cathedral on our left. Further ahead is the Royal Palace of Madrid, also known as the Palacio de Oriente. To the right are the Palace are its gardens and the statue of Felipe IV.

I sincerely believe this to be one of the most beautiful buildings here in Spain, as well as the most beautiful palace in all of Europe, and possibly the world! Here’s a little information from the 16th century. The Muslim kings from Toledo built a defensive fortress that was later occupied by the Christian kings until the 16th century, when they constructed a palace. The Spanish monarchs lived there until the 18th century when, on Christmas Eve of 1734, it was destroyed by a fire.

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The changing of the guard

Every Wednesday at 11 in the morning from January to June, four members of the Spanish Royal Guard, two on feet and two on horseback, carry out the changing of the guard in front of the Royal Palace of Madrid’s Puerta de Principe gate. They dress in uniforms similar to those worn by the Spanish army during Alfonso XIII’s reign. They’re accompanied by a fife and a drum. The horseman stand still with the lances and every 15 minutes they move in front of the Royal Palace’s façade.

In total, 27 guards and six horses participate in the ceremony. Each change lasts seven minutes and take place every half hour for the foot soldiers and every hour for the mounted soldiers, until 2 PM.

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Pedro Jareño

Full of history

The Royal Palace of Madrid is full of history. Getting closer is already something interesting. Its presence is overwhelming. The white color imposes, as well as the location. Right in the center of Madrid, with great views on Casa de Campo. Without a doubt one of the most beautiful palaces in Europe, usually unknown by the locals themselves. Surrounded by lovely gardens and with a surprising historical importance, the visit is a must and grateful to the many tourists coming to the capital city. I absolutely recommend this place.

María Alba

Another of Mardid's must sees


The Royal Palace is another of the essential sites in the city center. The Plaza de Oriente’s gardens fascinate anyone who strolls through them.

I love to sit on the grass, watch the people go by, or watch the sunset.

It was build after the unfortunate fire that happened December 24, 1734 in the royal fortress.

Currently, despite being the official residence of the monarch, it is only used for official ceremonies. It’s the biggest palace in Western Europe.

You can see the inside, take in the different rooms and chambers they let you see, and some of the painting of the royal collection (although the vast majority can be seen at the Prado museum). At 11 AM on the first Wednesday of each month (except in the summer) you can see the changing of the guard ceremony.

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Madrid: imposing and sublime

The Royal Palace in Madrid is one of those places that leaves your floored, no matter how many times you visit. The imposing grandeur, the somber atmosphere…it’s a place I warmly recommend. And not just the Palace itself either, but the surrounding neighborhood as well. While the Royal Palace is the official residence of the King of Spain, he doesn’t actually live there and uses the facilities primarily for formal state ceremonies. The origins of the palace trace themselves back to the 9th century when the Moorish empire in Toledo build a defensive structure that was later used by the kings of Castile.

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One of the loveliest sceneries

The other side of the Manzanares river offers the less touristic face but extremely beautiful one of the Royal Palace and the Almudena Cathedral. The inhabitants of the neighborhood are used to its presence on the horizon, but it is always great to stop and watch one of the loveliest sceneries Madrid can offer. Letizia (Princess of Spain) had to go between the Royal Palace and the Almudena during her wedding ceremony, a few steps that might have seemed ages to her under the pouring rain...


Unquestionable artistic value

This palace is, in theory, the official residence of the King, but he decided to stay in La Zarzuela, an old hunting lodge where he had lived since he was Prince and he now uses the Palace for official state ceremonies.

It was decided to be built during the reign of Felipe V, after the fire in the previous one, of Muslim origin, which dated back from the 9th century. For the facade, the material used was stone and brick.

The interior is spectacular, because it is full of works of art, especially the fresco made by the painters of the time. The rooms of unquestionable artistic value are the Thrown Room (with the furniture with gold cuttings, the vault with a fresco painting representing the allegory of the Spanish Monarchy or the crucifix chandeliers), the King's chamber, the Porcelain Room, the Mirrors Room or the Gala Dining Room.

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Carlos Loxley

Just a classic in the center of Madrid.


Try to find out a guide or at least some information related the history of the building. You will see different if you know just a little bit more.

Just the gardens worth it. A Spanish piece of history greatest that most of European palaces

Burjui Bogemov

You need to see it

abdullah alfallaj

So beautiful

Mathias Barreto

If you want to see history and architecture this is the place


Beautiful building


The tour is long and exhausting.

maria alejandra

Such an amazing and interesting place

Caaro Benavente Palacios

You need To go to this place if you are in Spain it's for culture

Urss James

For us that don't have royalty in our countries


This things are so impacting, is so impacting, make you wonder how would it be to be a princess.

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