A visit to the Royal Palace in Madrid was definitely on the wishlist of the
Allaboutroyalfamilies blog. Finally in March 2022 a dream came true.
The Royal Palace in Madrid didn't disappoint me, on contrary, due to its
splendid rooms full of royal history.
between 860 and 880. After the Moors were driven out of Toledo in the
11th century, the castle retained its defensive function. Henry III of Castile
added several towers.
Succession (1476) the troops of Joanna la Beltraneja were besieged in
the Alcázar, during which the building suffered severe damage.
Luis de Vega, extended and renovated the castle in 1537. Philip II
made Madrid his capital in 1561 and continued the renovations,
with new additions. Philip III and Philip IV added a long southern
facade between 1610 and 1636.
The Alcázar of the Habsburgs was austere in comparison to
the Palace of Versailles where the new king had spent his childhood;
and he began a series of redesigns mainly planned by Teodoro
Ardemans and René Carlier, with the main rooms being redecorated by
Queen Maria Luisa of Savoy and the Princess of Ursins in
the style of French palaces.
originated in the rooms of the French painter Jean Ranc. Response
to the fire was delayed due to the warning bells being confused
with the call to mass. For fear of looting, the doors of the building
remained closed, hampering rescue efforts. Many works of art were
lost, such as the Expulsion of the Moors, by Diego Velázquez. This
fire lasted four days and completely destroyed the old Alcázar,
whose remaining walls were finally demolished in 1738.
and devised a lavish project of enormous proportions inspired
by Bernini's plans for the Louvre. This plan was not realized, due
to Juvarra's untimely death in March 1736.
work of his mentor. Sacchetti designed the structure to encompass
a large square courtyard and resolved sightline problems by
creating projecting wings.
Neoclassical architect, to enlarge the building.
imprisoned in the Château de Valençay, began the most
thorough renovation of the palace. The aim of this redesign
was to turn the old-fashioned Italian-style building into a
modern French-style palace.
palace into a Victorian-style residence. Alfonso's plans were
designed by the architect José Segundo de Lema and consisted
of remodeling several rooms, replacing marble floors with parquet,
and adding period furniture.
damage suffered during the Spanish Civil War, by repairing or
reinstalling decoration and decorative trim and replacing
damaged walls with faithful reproductions of the originals.
columns on Tuscan pilasters framing the windows of the three
main floors. The upper story is hidden behind a cornice which
encircles the building and is capped with a large balustrade. This was
adorned with a series of statues of saints and kings, but these
were relocated elsewhere under the reign of Charles III to
give the building a more classical appearance.
balcony of four Doric columns, returned some of Sachetti's sculptures.
royal family at the city of Madrid, although now used only for state
contains 3,418 rooms.
floor area in Europe.
although it is so large that only a selection of rooms are on the visitor
route at any one time, the route being changed every few months.
on 22 May 2004 in the central courtyard of the palace.
Notes from the author
history it was a little strange for me to see tapestries of Brussels
Belgium (then the Southern Netherlands).
The royal history of Spain on top of this blog or on this link.
about the Palacio de Zurbano - The Birth Place of Queen Fabiola
of Belgium on this link.