Historic grandeur abounds at this magnificent palace that dates back to the first half of the 18th century. While not the residence of the Spanish Royal Family, the palace is used for important state functions, for welcoming foreign heads of state and for the receiving of credentials by foreign ambassadors to the King. The palace is at the centre of many civic and religious related events as well.
The opulence of the palace is practically unmatched even by European standards and the over 3,000 rooms makes this the largest European palace in terms of floor space. The royal house is filled with priceless art works and historically significant artefacts from throughout Spain’s rich history, including armour.
The palace sits on the site of the former Royal Alcazar Palace. On Christmas Eve 1734, the Alcazar was destroyed by fire and many important works of art were lost along with the structure itself. Construction began on the new Royal Palace in 1738 and it was enlarged in 1760.
The Royal Palace is surrounded by stately squares and impressive gardens. The Campo del Moro gardens feature an impressive line of green space offering stunning views of the palace while the lovely Sabatini Gardens feature ponds and ornate fountains. There are many rooms in the palace that are open to the public including the throne room and hall of mirrors.
The closest train station is Opera metro.