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  Landmarks

The Palacio Real (Royal Palace) is an enormous palace, one of the biggest in Europe, with scorching plains of concrete around it. Though it is the official residence of the King of Spain, the royal family does not actually reside here and it is generally used only for state ceremonies. The Royal Palace is considered to be one of the most emblematic and beautiful buildings in Madrid, not only for its location on a bluff overlooking the river valley but also for its architecture and the artistic treasures to be found in its rooms. A simple one-way tour of the palace (both self-guided and guided are available) takes you up the grand stairway and through the lavishly decorated state rooms with their elegant tapestries, frescoes, porcelain, carvings and added decor like china, silverware, medals, etc. From the courtyard you can access the Farmacia (Pharmacy), which contains hundreds of bottles of early medicines and a reconstructed laboratory, and the Real Armorial (Royal Armory), a two-story collection of medieval weapons and armor. Explanations in the armory are in Spanish only, so do not expect to understand much unless your know the Spanish names for all that medieval weaponry. The lines to get in are very long, especially on Wednesday when the place is free - try to go early. Photography inside the palace is not allowed.

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9:00
15:00
Mon
9:00
17:00
Tue
9:00
17:00
Wed
9:00
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Thu
9:00
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Fri
9:00
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Sat
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About Palacio Real

 Calle Bailen, Madrid, Spain

 +34 914 54 87

 http://www.patrimonionacional.es

Palacio Real and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Museo del Prado

Museo del Prado(1.9 km)
The Prado Museum showcases one of the finest art collections in the world, and the best collection of classical art in Madrid.

Templo de Debod

Templo de Debod(0.7 km)
An Egyptian temple, located in one of Madrid's most beautiful parks.

Reina Sofía National Museum and Art Center

Reina Sofía National Museum and Art Center(2 km)
Houses Madrid's best collection of modern art.

Plaza de Cibeles

Plaza de Cibeles(1.8 km)
A massive roundabout at the intersection of Calle de Alcala and Paseo del Prado, this plaza houses one of Madrid's emblems, the Fountain of Cibeles, which portrays the Roman goddess of fertility sitting upon a chariot pulled by two lions.

Puerta del Sol

Puerta del Sol(0.9 km)
This plaza is the heart of Madrid and one of the busiest places in the city - a hub for the local transit system, a favorite meeting spot for locals, a visible area for festivals or political demonstrations, and a opportune location for tour guides, street performers, pickpockets and anyone else looking to take advantage of all the tourists on hand.

Catedral de la Almudena

Catedral de la Almudena(0.2 km)
This massive cathedral faces the Palacio Real.

Real Academia de Bella Artes de San Fernando

Real Academia de Bella Artes de San Fernando(1.1 km)
Highly impressive art collection with paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints.

Naval Museum

Naval Museum(1.8 km)
Beautiful museum with vast interesting collections about Spanish sailing.

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