Royal Palace





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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.

  • Bouw: Palace
  • Artistieke periode: Neo-classical
  • Historische periode: 18th century
  • Omgeving: La Almudena Cathedral, Madrid City Hall, Plaza Mayor square, San Miguel market, Los Austrias quarter.

Praktische informatie


  • Vanaf 01 Apr tot 30 Sep
  • Van Maandag tot Zondag

    Van 10:00 tot 20:00
  • Vanaf 01 Oct tot 31 Mar
  • Van Maandag tot Zondag

    Van 10:00 tot 18:00

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.  


  • Algemeen: 10€
  • Met korting: 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.


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