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Royal Palace of Madrid

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Royal Palace of Madrid

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Skip-The-Line Early Entrance Tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid
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Royal Palace Madrid Afternoon Guided Tour
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Royal Palace of Madrid 1.5-Hour Guided Tour Optional Prado Museum Combo
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Calle de Bailen s/n, 28071 Madrid Spain
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IKONO is a unique space in Spain, a sensory experience where we want you to enjoy photography through the different spaces. In each of our rooms you will experience a different sensory journey where you will live ‘Ikonic’ experiences.<br><br>The experience lasts approximately 60 minutes and is a collection of different worlds where you will come into contact with unique smells, colors and touches. The digital and the original merge in a unique place for your photos.<br><br>At IKONO all ages can enjoy, the only requirement is that you make each space yours, transforming it into a unique place in the world. Being Ikonic is up to you. You dare?<br><br>
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Marisa P wrote a review Mar 2021
Dallas, Texas935 contributions274 helpful votes
This is an impressive palace built in the 18th century. The palace was used by the royal family until the abdication of Alfonso 13th. The palace is still used for state meetings. I really love the dining room, the porcelain room, and the Charkes the third rooms with the paintings by Goya.
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Date of experience: March 2021
beatrice390 wrote a review Mar 2021
Indonesia307 contributions107 helpful votes
With more 3.400 rooms and covers the area of 135.000 m2, it’s nearly double the size of Buckingham Palace, made this stunning Royal Palace of Madrid known as the biggest palace in Western Europe. Built in 18th century by Bourbon Dynasty, unbelievably this palace still well kept till now. Used to be official residence of the Spanish royal family but is now mainly used for ceremony or banquet. This palace can be reached either by metro lines number 2 and 5 (Ópera station) or bus lines 3, 25, 39, or 148. Worth to make a visit if you’re around. Note: 1. No picture is allowed inside the palace. 2. Free entry from Monday to Thursday, start after 4 pm to 6 pm. 3. Buy ticket upfront online because the queues extremely long. 4. There’s changing Guard ceremony held on Wednesday and Saturday if the weather permitted.
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Date of experience: June 2020
Mairwen1 wrote a review Nov 2020
United Kingdom3,927 contributions6,309 helpful votes
This is one impressive pile. It’s the biggest palace in Europe, with over a million square feet of floor and over 3,400 rooms. Looking at it from the outside, it’s hard to get a sense of the scale of it until you compare it to the size of people. What you see here today is the new palace, built 1738-1764, after the original Alcazar burnt down. King Phillip V was supposed to have loathed the old palace so it’s a little coincidental that it mysteriously burnt down while he was away. Sounding suspicious? Even more suspiciously, he’d only just moved most of his art collection to another palace. In any case, he lost no time ordering a new, replacement palace to be built on the same spot. The brief was that it should be the most luxurious palace in Europe and no expense should be spared. We should have pre-booked but we didn’t. We walked by in the morning around 11am when there was barely a queue and planned to return later in the day to go inside. This was a big mistake because when we returned, the queue was shockingly long and was snaking around the plaza so we ran out of time (this was around 4pm). We should have grabbed the chance to go in when the queue was small. If I was doing it again, I’d book ahead online. If, like us, you can’t go inside, you can still get a very clear view of the vast parade ground and the Baroque façade from the outside, albeit at a bit of a distance. The exterior is constructed for the most part, out of local white and grey stone, which gives the whole thing a lovely achromatic effect of differing shades of pale grey. Before we left, we walked across the road where there is a grassy hill side. From the slightly higher vantage point, we had a great view down over the palace, the Almudena cathedral and Plaza Oriente. It made a great photo. We could also see further beyond across the lush, green lands that used to be the royal hunting grounds. If you are at the Prado, make sure to look out for the hunting scenes of King Philip IV and his son Balthazar Charles, dressed in their jodhpurs, with their hunting dogs and guns, surrounded by the palace forests and woodlands. We had seen these paintings the day before so we could imagine what the scene might have looked like some 400 years ago. GETTING THERE: It was an easy 10 – 12 min walk from Plaza Mayor. It was a pretty interesting walk because you also pass by San Miguel market, the historic Plaza de la Villa, Almudena Cathedral and the monument marking the assassination attempt on King Alfonso XII which took place as he travelled with his new bride from his wedding to the palace.
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Date of experience: February 2020
9 Helpful votes
R W wrote a review Oct 2020
Belfast, United Kingdom77 contributions81 helpful votes
It didn't start well, we pitched up for the free entry at 5pm on Thursdays to have the door closed in our faces - it was 1st October so the free entry starts at 4pm and the door is closed at 5pm, but none of the staff said anything! Despite this we decided to book for the following day and were able to find a buy one get one free ticket online. The palace is worth a visit, you can only take pictures in certain area but not the main state rooms which are spectacular.
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Date of experience: October 2020
3 Helpful votes
Nishi wrote a review Oct 2020
Colombo, Sri Lanka58 contributions34 helpful votes
It has the perfect look of a Palace.. Nicely arranged and everything is in order with a proper description.. The only thing is they allow to take pictures at vey limited areas. Other than that, this visit is really worth...!!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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