The royal palace of Madrid resides among the most exquisite and beautiful locations in Europe. For the rulers of Spain, it’s an official place of residence, but is rarely used other than for official ceremonies. Clearly one of the greatest spots of attraction in west Europe, Palaceo Real occupies a land area of 135,000 square meters. The construction of the palace was initiated under the rule of King Philip in the year 1738 by the Juan Bautista Sachetti, an architect of Italian origin. The construction of the palace was done with limestone bricks and granite so that it could withstand fire. It took 17 years to complete this gargantuan castle full with a number of 3,418 rooms. Out of these many rooms, 5 rooms are open for tourists and public viewing (Maps of World, 2015).
The earliest account of this place suggests that it was utilized as a fort in the ninth century by the Islamic kingdom known as Toledo. The same site was centuries later utilized to build the Alcazar which was essentially a fort. This fort structure was constructed using materials which were easily prone to fire damage and such an incident led to its destruction around the year 1734. The site was abandoned till 1738 when King Philip decided to construct a new palace on the same site but with materials that would prevent fire like granite and lime stone. This palace was built for the Borbon dynasty, one which the king was a part of. Finally in the year 1764, the royal family took residence in this palace but currently, they reside at the Zarzuela Palace and arrive at Palaceo Real only for official ceremonies and events (MadridTourist, 2014).
The interior of the palace gives an out-of the world experience to a tourist as it is filled with artwork, sculptures, decorated mirrors with handiwork, intricately designed furniture and old paintings. Certain pieces of art on the ceilings are particularly breathtaking due to the complexity and beauty of the artworks.
There are many notable areas of interior beauty of this palace to explore. One of the most notable areas is the throne room which has a unique royal flair to it. The ceiling of this room features an elegant and extraordinary fresco. The throne is a notable piece set in the room that is made with a golden coating and contains four lions made of bronze attached to the steps of the throne. The porcelain room can also be considered as one of the noteworthy attraction in the palace. This room, aside from being the smallest in the palace, features a ceramic framework of flowers on every part of the room.
Another Noteworthy Area of observation among the interior areas of the palace in the Gasparini room which was utilized as a guest room at the time. This room can be considered among the most beautiful rooms in the palace with a calm & earthy color palette and patterns of flowers and vines featuring gold & silver embroidery. The design on the floor reflects the patterns that can be observed on the wall forming a coherence in the art (Patrimonio Nacional, 2015).
The outward area of the palace is formed of a stone base which give rise to pilasters which form a part of the window area. The external parapet is decorated using a myriad of statues which provide the building with a classy look & feel. The statues feature critical members of the royal family and the important surrounding figures. The exterior area of the palace also features a garden known as Campo Del Moro Gardens. It has a neglected look despite efforts of building fountains and plants but the garden holds a strategic historical memory of the attack by Muslim leader Ali Ben Yusuf (Slava, 2008).
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Patrimonio Nacional. (2015). Royal Palace of Madrid. Retrieved from www.patrimonionacional.es: http://www.patrimonionacional.es/en/real-sitio/palacios/8280
Slava, B. (2008, 2 5). Sabatini Gardens: Chilling With the Kings. Retrieved from www.sitebits.com: http://www.sitebits.com/2008/sabatini_gardens_chilling_with_kings.html