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Royal Palace of Madrid – Jewel of Spain

imageSimply put, Spain is one of the best vacation options here in Europe, whether you’re traveling as an individual or flying in with your family or friends. What’s interesting about the country is that impressive attractions are not only found in Madrid, its capital, and other large cities, but also in small towns, barrios, and pueblos. One of the major attractions to see is the Palacio Real Madrid — once the residence of the Familia Real de Espana, and now a sought-after museum and considered by many as the  royal jewel of Spain.

Royal Palace of Madrid

imageIf you’re looking for some royal Spanish history to soak into, a must-see within the vibrant city of Madrid is the Royal Palace. Under the administration of the Ministry of the President’s Patrimonio National, it was once the  residence of the Spanish royal family. These days, however,  it functions as a venue for official ceremonies and  events.

Interesting Facts about Palacio Real de Madrid

imageDid you know that the palace covers a wide area of roughly 135,000 square meters? This easily renders it as one of the largest in Europe. It has about 2,800 lavishly decorated rooms, a good number of which the public has access to for general viewing. Entry of visitors is via the Plaza de la Armeria side of the palace.

imageHere are some other important trivia about the royal edifice:

1. Palaces built by the Moors are scattered all over Spain, including Madrid. In fact, it was an Alcazar or Moorish castle/fortress that once stood in the palace’s current location.

2. After the fortress was destroyed by a fire in the 18th Century, Spain’s ruler then, King Philips V, had reconstruction work done with the new design of the palace patterned loosely after France’s own extravagant palace – the Versailles.

3. It was the  royal residence up to 1931, when the King and his family decided to take residence at the Palacio de la Zarzuela, located in the outskirts of the capital. The the Real Palacio, it is under the administration of Spain’s Patrimonio Nacional.

image4. Reconstruction was started by Italian architect Filippo Juvarra and finished by another architect, Francesco Sabatini. The latter, also from Italy, was likewise the designer of the famous Jardines de Sabatini, the official royal garden.

5. A strong rival to top Spanish museums, on display everywhere the palace are a rich collection of gold and silver items, expensive jewels, luxurious furniture, and a wide array of valuable painting from revered artists like Velazquez, Giordano and Goya.

6. The Royal Palace of Madrid has a coveted location within Madrid, if I must say. It is near charming and quaint plazas, the Plaza del Oriente and Plaza de Isabel II and beautiful and luscious gardens, the Sabatini Gardens and Campo del Moro. It has one of the most spectacular Spanish churches in its front, the Almudena Cathedral, the underground museum Museo de los Canos del Peral that’s situated at Madrid Metro Opera, and a good choice of cafes and restaurantes within the vicinity.

Nearby Madrid Attractions

imageAlmudena Catedral, or Sta Maria la Real de La Almudena, Madrid’s Catholic Cathedral

imagePlaza del oriente, the square fronting the Royal Palace
imageStatue of Philips IV and his horse, located in the midst of Plaza del Oriente
imageTeatro Real Madrid (also known as the Royal Thetre) borders the Plaza del Oriente and fronts the palace

imageJardines de Sabatini, an integral part of the palace, sprawls on its northern portion

imageChalet de la Reina at Campo del Moro, a garden beside the palace and located at Paseo de la Virgen del Puerto

Easily, Madrid is filled with museums, plazas, alcazars, and churches. Not only does this afford vacationers the chance to a once-in-a-lifetime vacation; but the city also allows everyone to have a deeper knowledge of the rich Castilian history and culture. And if indeed, you’re staying in the city even for just a few days, do pass by the Royal Palace of Madrid.

Now touted as one of the city’s major museums, thousands upon thousands of visitors go to the site every year. Needless to say, the Palacio Real Madrid is one of the most precious monuments the city has ever possessed.

Opening Hours:

October to March – 10AM to 6PM
April to September – 10AM to 8PM

Royal Palace Madrid Tickets – Admission Prices and Admission Fees

General Admission: 11 euros

Reduced price of 6 euros: Available to children aged 5 to 16, seniors of EU and Latin American countries aged over 65, students under the age of 25

Free admission: Available to children below five years old, teachers, people with disability, and unemployed persons.

You may also gain free access if you go to the site from Monday to Thursday, starting at 4PM up to 6PM (months of October through March); and the same days, from 6PM to 8PM (from April to September). This is applicable only to EU and Latin American citizens.

How to go:

Direccion: Calle de Bailen, Madrid
Nearest Metro Station: Opera (next nearest is Vodafone Sol)

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Mesmerizing Madrid Monuments: Temple of Debod

imageWant to explore and experience some real and magnificent Egyptian wonder right in the middle of Madrid, Spain? Indeed there is one that’s a wholly genuine Egyptian structure, straight from the Middle Eastern country. If you’re thinking that it’s one of those gargantuan pyramids now serving as magnificent Madrid monuments, no it’s not. But definitely, the one at Plaza del Oeste, near Plaza de Espana, is nothing less. It is the Templo de Debod, a solid stone structure dedicated to Amon, a major Egyptian deity.

No doubt the centerpiece of the park is the temple — it is one of the reason why a huge number of visitor go to the park day and night. Especially at night, the whole structure becomes as spectacle as soon as it is enveloped in strong, yellowish illumination at night. There are three main portions of the building, and all glisten brighten like gold that even if you have a simple camera, it will still come up with superb pictures of the Debod.

imageSuch an amazing tourist spot come nighttime, the temple never fails to earn the immense appreciation of anyone who witnesses its enthralling beauty

For a few who doubt if what one can find in the park is a real temple, it really is a structure that comes from Egypt, and so it stands proud atop an elevated land in the middle of Centro Madrid. The structure was actually a token of appreciation by the Egyptian government to Spain way back in the late 70’s as a gift of appreciation after the latter provided security to valuable Egyptian and Middle Eastern archeological and historic antiquities during a major dam erection.

A 2-BC edifice, its original location was at Nile. It has to be dismantled, which resulted in hundreds of parts and pieces being brought to Spain. In other words, the temple was totally deconstructed in the Middle East, and was only reassembled to its original state after it arrived in the country.

Masterful Creation at Parque de Oeste

imageYou don’t need to go to Cairo to see an authentic Egyptian monument. Here, the beauty of the Debod is impressive even during daytime

While this park is known to be home to a number of Madrid attractions such as the huge and inviting rose garden called La Roseleda, nothing beat the Temple Debod when it comes to enhancing the park’s already awesome landscape, the park is the location of several attractions. The temple is actually found in the southern park of the parque, just near the the popular Plaza de España.

Templo de Debod is one major specimen of ancient history that offers a concrete glimpse of what the 2nd century civilization of Egypt is all about. Needless to say, any tour of Madrid is not complete without you passing by the monument and experience the breathtaking spectacle that it offers, especially at night. This attraction must be included in your list of Madrid sightseeing tour.
imageEvening shots of the monument of De bod is mesmerizing that it’s worth going to its hilly location just to see it

How to go to Temple of Debod

Direccion: 1 Calle Ferraz, 28008 Madrid

Entrance fee: Admission is free

Opening hours: 10AM-2PM; 6PM-8PM

Metro: Take Line 3 and get off at Plaza de Espana

Best time to visit

The Templo de Debod became available for public viewing in the country in 1972. Since then, it has attracted everyone, tourists and locals. Basically people from all walks of life visit to appreciate this magnificent gift of the Egyptian government to its Spanish counterpart.

During daytime, the temple is such as beautiful view. Albeit, it is best to go to the site during evening hours. This is the time when the edifices are brightly lighted, and so its beauty is magnified many times over. The only downside about going at nighttime — the place get crowded, groups consisting of teens are all over this part of the park.

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Jose Rizal Monument, Avenida Filipinas: A Madrid Attraction in its own Right

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There’s one place in the city that is more Filipino than any other Madrid attraction, and indeed, it’s a destination of sorts for expatriates and tourists from the Philippines and other countries — this is the Monumento a Jose Rizal. This must be the reason why many Pinoys are found around Glorietta de Cuatro Camino and Bravo Murillos — those hot spots for Filipinos and other Asian nationals are just a few blocks away from the avenue where the monument is found — Avenida de Filipinas. That’s right, the Philippines is one of the many countries honored by the City of Madrid in this manner.

By the way, not only does the country lends its name to a busy city thoroughfare; but also to a Madrid Metro station - the Metro Islas de Filipinas.

Jose Rizal was put to death by firing squad in December 30th of 1896 in the former Bagumbayan, the park now known as Luneta. His life, albeit short, was nonetheless colorful and impressive. He was a scholar, writer, linguist, a lover of sports, and a doctor.   He studied in the top universities of Manila, and other cities abroad like Madrid, Berlin, and Paris. We can say that he was well-traveled and loved to do so, having visited and stayed in quite good number of European countries.

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But above all else, he possessed this great respect and adoration for his country. In his monument was a marker or plaque, upon which is etched the Mi Ultimo Adios, the last poem (written in Spanish) that the Filipino hero wrote before his execution. The poem clearly conveyed his professed unconditional love for his country.

Filipinos in Madrid, led by the officers and staff of the Philippine Embassy in Madrid, visit the monument during important occasions, like Rizal’s birth and death anniversaries, and commemorate them by performing wreath-laying ceremonies.

Indeed, Pinoys are proud that Spain chooses to express its great respect and admiration for our own national hero with the erection of such a beautiful monument in the midst of the city.

Rizal Walking Tour, Madrid Attraction

imageBust of Dr. Jose P. Rizal on display at the Philippine Embassy, Calle Eresma 2, Madrid.

And while you’re at it, why don’t you try to learn more about the national hero, particularly that part of his life when he was here in Madrid? Perhaps you are a historian, a student of Philippine history, or simply a great admirer of Jose Rizal — if so, then click and visit the walking tour link here. This webpage is very useful as it offers valuable information on how the Philippine hero was like then when he lived in Spain.

The web page, which is a part of the official website of the Philippine Embassy in Madrid, provides a list of buildings, restaurants, streets, and universities that were associated with the hero.  Two of the most popular places are Parque del Buen Retiro, the city’s popular park and Rizal’s favorite place of rest, and the Escuela de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, where he is said to have taken a short course in painting.

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Direccion:

Avenida de Filipinas and Calle Santander, Madrid (Near Parque de Santander and Estadio Vallehermoso

Via Madrid transport:

Take Metro Linea 7 and get off at Islas Filipinas Station; Ride the Autobus 2 that runs from Plaza Manuel Becerra and Ave. de Reina Victoria and alight at Parada Vallehermoso – Avenida Filipinas