Royal Palace of Madrid
The Royal Palace of Madrid, also called Palacio de Oriente, is the official residence of the king of Spain.
Construction began in 1738 and it is the largest royal palace in Western Europe in size, with 135,000 square meters and over 3,000 rooms.
The current King of Spain only uses it for receptions and official events and the great ceremonies of state, as the private residence of the royal family is at the Zarzuela Palace.
The interior of the Royal Palace stands out for its artistic richness, both in terms of the use of materials in its construction and its collections of paintings by artists like El Greco, Rubens, Caravaggio, Velazquez, Tiepolo, Mengs and Goya. Other royal collections of great artistic and historical importance are kept in the building, such as the quintet of Palatino Stradivarius, the world's largest collection of these instruments, the Royal Armory,tapestries, porcelains, clocks and furniture.
The exterior of the Royal Palace has a 20 hectares garden known as the Campo del Moro and whose course was designed in 1844.
Opening Hours Royal Palace, Pharmacy and Royal Armory:
On Wednesdays the free tour is free for EU citizens and those of Latin American countries.