Calle Bailén s/n
28071 Madrid (Madrid)
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National Heritage certification
The home of kings
Madrid's Royal Palace was built in the 18th century by order of Philip V on the site of the old Alcázar fortress, a former Moorish castle. Sachetti began the works in 1738, and the building was completed in 1764. Sabatini designed the southeast wing and the great staircase, or staircase of honour. It has a square floor plan with a large central courtyard. The Puerta del Príncipe gateway on the east side gives access to the central courtyard. The Sabatini and Campo del Moro Gardens are among the Palace's other attractions, as well as its several different façades. There is some debate as to its artistic style; it is thought by some experts to belong more to the Baroque, and by others to the Neo-classical style. Of particular note among its numerous rooms are the Royal Guards' Room, the Columns Room, the Hall of Mirrors and King Charles III's room. It also contains paintings by Velázquez, Goya, Rubens, El Greco and Caravaggio.
- Construction: Palace
- Artistic period: Neo-classical
- Historic period: 18th century
- Setting: La Almudena Cathedral, Madrid City Hall, Plaza Mayor square, San Miguel market, Los Austrias quarter.
- From Apr 01 to Sep 30
From Monday to SundayFrom 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM
- From Oct 01 to Mar 31
From Monday to SundayFrom 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Ticket office open up to one hour before closing time for monument. Closed: 1 and 6 January, 1 May and 25 December and days of official events announced on the National Heritage website. 24 and 31 December: ticket office open and admission to Palace until 2 p.m.; closes at 3 p.m.
- General: €10
- Reduced: €5
Prices when there is a temporary exhibition: General admission: 11 € Reduced admission: 6 € Admission free: under-5s, 18 May, large families (when the tour is being taken by, at least, one adult and three of his or her children, or two if one of them is disabled), ICOM members, disabled people, teachers, unemployed people and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday to Thursday (October to March) and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (April to September) for European Union and Ibero-American citizens.
Audio guide, Guided tours