Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Palacio Real de Madrid - Gardens

One of the top tourist attractions, The Royal Palace is the official residence of the Royal family. These days however, the Royal Family only use it for state ceremonies. The rest of the time it’s open to the public. Otherwise known in Spanish as the Palacio Real, the Royal Palace was built during the 18th and 19th centuries, and is a monumental building.

The right of the Royal Palace is flanked by a Garden with numerous statues.
The Palace gardens are known as the Palo del Moro
( Garden of the Moors). These gardens orignated during the reign of King Philip II, the present appearance however dates from 1890.

The square situated to the east of the Palace, and known for this reason as the Plaza de Oriente, has recently been remodelled. It contains several of the statues of the kings of Spain carved during the reign of King Ferdinand VI.

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