When it comes to royalty, Madrid is far from disappointing, In fact it is probably one of the most royal-feeling places I have been to so far in my travels. Luckily for me this little adventure today after work is about a 100 meter walk from work. It is none other than the Royal Palace of Madrid itself.
This palace is as big as it is beautiful. It is considered to be the “world’s largest royal palace by floor space” with 135,000 square meters (1,450,000 sq ft) of floor space; not to be confused with with the world’s largest palace or world’s largest royal palace. Yes, those are three different categories! I know it is confusing, but if you had your own palace I am sure you would want it to be considered the biggest somehow.
Anyways, moving on, this palace only contains 3,418 rooms, and on top of that they range in size anywhere from small closets to large tennis courts. Talk about royalty!
Thought the palace is technically the official home of the Spanish royal family it is only used for state ceremonies and tourism. It is also located in the center of Madrid. Besides being astonishing and beautifully representing the baroque style of architecture, this palace has actually seen many wars.
Not only is the main palace itself very beautiful, but its surrounding courtyards and plazas are as well! The Plaza de la Armería is intended to connect the area between the royal palace and the Almudena Cathedral. It was originally designed by Narciso Pascual Colorer; the plan was later expanded by Sabatini who wanted to connect the church to the royal palace, but his plan was ignored by the king at the time and was never completed.
Among the many beautiful spectacles of the royal palace is the Plaza De Oriente which was built by the same architect who designed the Plaza de a Armería, Narciso Pascual Colomer. This plaza is also the one located just outside of where I work. The plaza covers the east side of the palace and is home to the statue of Philip the IV. The plaza is also home to 5 Visigoth Rulers and 15 of the early Christian rulers of Spain.