The Royal Palace: the Madrid of the Bourbons

The Royal Palace: the Madrid of the Bourbons

The decorations and collections of the Royal Palace of Madrid symbolise the splendour and magnificence of the kingdom.

This magnificent palace of granite and white limestone is the official residence of the king of Spain. Located on the Plaza de Oriente, in the heart of the Spanish capital, it is today only used for ceremonial purposes.

Built between 1738 and 1755 by the Italian Giovanni Battista Sachetti under the orders of Philip V, this building of neoclassical architecture was lavishly decorated by artists like Goya (a portrait of the Infante Carlos of Spain, known as Charles V), Vélazquez (attached to the king's house for 20 ducats a month), El Greco, Rubens, Tiepolo (frescoes on the ceiling of the throne room), Mengs, and Caravaggio.

The palace also houses various collections of great importance including: the Royal Armoury, which contains weapons and armour dating back to the 13th century; the largest Stradivarius collection in the world; and carpets, porcelain (the Buen Retiro Manufacture in the porcelain room), and furniture.

Royal Palace of Madrid
Calle de Bailén
28071 Madrid

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