A January 2006 trip
to Madrid by CasualTraveler
Quote: Starting off 2006 with a stimulating winter holiday in bustling Madrid
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 22, 2006
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 25, 2006
Madrid, Spain 28005
+34 91 366 4217
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 30, 2006
+34 (91) 369 4646
Attraction | "Palacio Real"
You may never see anything as majestic as the Palacio Real anywhere else. Although Spain’s monarchs do not reside here anymore, it has been maintained in an immaculate state truly worthy of royalty.
Since we visited in January, I can only imagine how stunning the gardens and landscaping outside the palace must be during the summer. However, the lack of greenery did not detract any of the palace’s prominence. Gigantic dimensions and splendor were the theme of all corners of the royal grounds. It is said that the palace has a total of 2,800 rooms! And although only a few rooms have been opened for public viewing, this was enough to give people a glimpse of how the monarchs lived.
Some of the rooms made available are the Throne Room, the Library, the Royal Armory, the Official Dining Room, the Chapel, the Pharmacy, the Porcelain Room, and the Game Room. It is almost overwhelming to take in the exquisite frescoes, as well as collections of sculptures, tapestries, furniture, porcelain, glassware, gold and silverware, medals, and even musical instruments. The palace also houses an assembly of artwork by masters such as Caravaggio, Velazquez, Goya, El Greco, and Rubens, among others. Rooms have been walled with royal emblems, sides have been gilded seamlessly, heavy chandeliers bejeweled the ceilings, rich curtains and carpets framed the rooms, and the list goes on. In a way, every room is different yet the same.Although you may take pictures inside, flashes are not allowed. This is indeed frustrating, because I wanted to be able to capture all that magnificence and look at it when I’m back home. Also, we didn't take the guided tour because we wanted to be able to explore on our own, on our time, but in retrospect, it may have been a better idea to be able to place the palace in a historical perspective. If it will take you some time before you can go back to Madrid, I highly recommend that you reserve at least half a day to explore and absorb the royalty’s world.
Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real)
Calle Bailén, 6
Madrid, Spain 28013
+34 91 5475350
Attraction | "Museo del Prado"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 5, 2006
Prado Museum/Museo del Prado
Calle Ruiz De Alarcón 23
Madrid, Spain 28014
+34 91 3302800