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Royal Palace of Madrid
Exploring Charming Medieval Secrets in Royal Palace of Madrid
Visiting Royal Armoury section of the palace will truly makes you jump back to the medieval times. Collection of armors from the whole world are displayed here, some of them were originated from 15th Century! Unfortunately, there are some missing parts in some armors, that can't be retained during Spanish Civil War and Peninsula War. The bright side is, most important pieces are in good condition, including the armory and tools used by King Charles V during Battle of Muhlberg that becomes the main highlight in the museum.
Located nearby Royal Armoury museum is Royal Pharmacy museum. The museum showcase various medicinal herbs used by royal family for centuries. Medical equipments such as from bottles, containers, to prescriptions are also put on detail. Royals are like us too, apparently!
Head to the west side of Royal Palace of Madrid to view Pascual y Colomer's masterpiece. The west royal garden is divided into three quadrants; the Central Garden, the Cabo Noval Gardens, and the Lepanto Gardens. The Central Garden is a royal garden designed in Baroque-style. Exploring the garden is refreshing as you can see colorful flowers such as cypress, magnolia, and yew arranged neatly inside 7 flowerbeds. Nearby, you'll see rows of limestone statues famously known as Gothic Kings representing twenty Spanish kings each corresponding to five Visigoth kings and fifteen kings ruling Christian kingdoms during Reconquista era.
Campo del Moro Gardens is a part of Royal Palace Gardens that hold significant history value compare to other gardens in the area. Centuries ago, the site was allegedly used by Muslim troops led by Ali bin Yusuf in 1109 in a quest to retake over Madrid. Years later, King Philip IV built the garden by installing a fountain and grow various kind of vegetations. Though, It's not until the reign of Isabel II the gardens was put into more serious landscaping planning. The park was abandoned when the Queen's reign over, although later Maria Christina of Austria took matters in her own hand and put life back into the garden. It's worth to remember the journey Campo del Moro Gardens had been going through when you're exploring the 19th century-stye garden.
Other well-known royal gardens of Royal Palace of Madrid is Sabatini Gardens. Enjoy exploring neo-classical style gardens located on the northern side of the grand palace. It's a perfect place to chill and take some breather after you're tired of exploring the palace complex. Sabatini Gardens' name derives from the name of an Italian architecture from 18th Century named Fransesco Sabatini. Sabatini name is chosen as a homage for the great contribution from the architect. Visitors are not only pampered by lush greens grown in the garden, the splashing sound of fountain combined with scenic scenery of the palace and artsy sculptures add more to the tranquility.
How to Get Tickets?
Entrance ticket to Royal Palace of Madrid can be purchased on site. However keep in mind that the royal palace is highly popular attraction, so there might be long lines waiting for you. You can opt for online ticket purchasing for the sake of convenience. That way you can skip the long lines during busy hours, plus they usually have interesting offerings.
How To Get Around?
The one and only way to explore the Royal Palace of Madrid and its attractions is by walking. Don't worry, if you ever get tired of exploring, you can take a brief break or two in the royal gardens.
What Should I Wear?
Fortunately there's no rules in dressing up for going to Royal Palace of Madrid. Feel free to wear anything that is comfortable you. Whether it is a simple white T-shirt and jeans or classy casual attire if you're planning to dine in a restaurant after touring. Whatever clothes you're wearing always wear the most comfortable footwears, since, you know, you'll do a lot of walking.
Best Time to Visit
Best time to visit Royal Palace of Madrid is obviously in weekdays. The palace is not too crowded so you can take your time exploring and taking pictures (especially in the Royal Armoury room) with ease. If you don't have a choice except in weekends, then at least come few minutes before 10:00 AM (the opening hours) or in the evening to avoid long lines and crowds.
Will I Need a Guide?
It's not like you need a guide if you much prefer to explore the Royal Palace of Madrid at your own pace. You can find any informations needed in this website anyway. But joining a guided tour will give you a more in-depth informations about the palace. The guide will also take you to some interesting spots inside the palace.
How To Get There?
There are 3 ways to reach Royal Palace of Madrid. The first one is by taking Bus Line 3, 25, 39, and 148. You can also take commuter train and alight at Principe Pio Station. For other convenient alternative, you can also take Underground Metro Train Line 5 and 2, and get off at Opera Station.