This summer, I went for trip to a few countries in Europe, and Spain was one of them. After an almost-20-hour flight and transiting twice at Kuala Lumpur and Frankfurt, I finally reached Madrid, the starting point of my Europe trip.
Being the capital of Spain, Madrid has historical places and buildings. Since I stayed only for a night, the Palacio Real de Madrid or The Royal Palace was the first on of my list. The Palace used to be the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family, but currently is only used for state ceremonies. It is one of the largest palaces in western Europe.
There were 2 buildings in the complex, with a vast open hall in the centre. Visitors entered the Palace via the large Plaza de la Armería. Upon entering the palace, there was a long staircase and just in the middle, you would be welcomed by a red flag showing the symbol of Spanish Kingdom.
Visitors had options for a guided tour or a normal ticket. The guided tour would last about 45 minutes-1 hour. If you were not to take the guided tour, there would still be information boards around.
It was a shame that photography was not allowed inside. The interior of the palace was magnificent and made of rich materials such as marbles for tiles and walls, mahogany woods for the doors and windows. Famous and important works of art and fresco made by Tiépolo and Giaquinto were part of the interior decorations too.
The Palace consisted of 2,800 rooms. And each room was decorated in different art period styles, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo. Chinese porcelains were as part of decorations too. These porcelains were originally brought all the way from China. What was unique here, was that each room would have one or more clocks as part of the decorations or interiors.
What impressed me the most was the royal dining room. The dining room was huge and during the large gatherings, the tables seats could be extended over hundreds of people.
The Royal Palace is not only the most historical monument in Spain, but also has become a museum in function. For those who like to know about Spanish kingdom history, the Royal Palace will be perfect place for a fruitful visit.
- The palace is officially opened to public, except when it is being used for official business
- October to March: Mon-Sat 9:30AM-5PM, Sun & Public holidays: 9AM-2PM
- April to September: Mon-Sat 9AM-6PM, Sun & Public holidays: 9AM-3PM
How to go:
Metro : Opera Station (Line 2 and 5)