Palacio Real de Madrid Part 2

Hola,

Today’s adventures landed me once again 100 meters from work in none other than the Royal Palace of Madrid, only this time I was able to get a picture of the inside.

But wait! There’s more! I even got to go inside the Royal Armory and get pictures of some royal guns as well.

Royal Lamp post
Royal lamp post! (credit: Esteban Martinez)

As I have said before, there really isn’t anything more royal than THE Royal Palace of Madrid. Take this lamp post for example. This is no ordinary lamp post, this is one of THE royal lamp posts of Madrid! I mean just look at it, it probably costs more than my car!

Panoramic View[1]
Panoramic view of the courtyard in the Royal Palace (credit: Esteban Martinez)
Cathedral
Almudena Cathedral (credit: Esteban Martinez)

The previously mentioned lamp post stands tall near the center of the HUUUGE royal courtyard. As you can see, directly across from the South side of the palace is the Almudena Cathedral. As pretty as this picture might be, it doesn’t do the courtyard justice. If you zoom in closely you might be able to spot a few teeny tiny people (yes the courtyard is that big).

Stair case ceiling
Ceiling in the royal staircase (credit: Esteban Martinez)

Like all great things in Europe, you are prohibited to take pictures… Why? I don’t know. The authorities have decided that somehow taking pictures will hurt the paintings, sculptures, tapestries, furniture, air, or whatever it is you are trying to photograph. But never fear as your buddy here was able to acquire this epic photo of the ceiling inside the Royal Palace (don’t worry I have permission).

Unfortunately this was the only picture of the inside I was able to acquire. Nonetheless it is still an epic picture beyond proportions. Just imagine, if this was the ceiling to the stair case, then what would the ceilings in the other rooms look like!? I can answer that in one word – heavenly.

As I have mentioned in the previous post I made about the Royal Palace, there are thousands of rooms ranging in all sorts of sizes, and all of them are decorated beyond perfection! It astonishes me how so many rooms can be so beautifully decorated, and they are all decorated with a different theme!

Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for – the armory. Royal Armory! It is important to know that the Royal Armory has always been more of a museum as opposed to a barracks or arsenal. The main use of the Royal Armory was always more of a display of power. Sample dialogue:

Spanish King: Marry my daughter so we can end the war!

Rival King: Nope! I’ll keep fighting until the last man!

Spanish Kinge: *walks the rival king through armory*

Rival King: *gasps* *gulps for air* *loosens neck tie to get more air*

Spanish King: So, you were saying?

Rival King: When is the wedding?

Okay maybe my story isn’t super accurate, but you get the point! The Armory always boasted the most expensive and greatest weapons that the kingdom had. Today it has weapons from various ages displayed. Starting with the early Medieval times up until the 19th century.

Guns
“Mobile Guns”, the predecessor to hand guns (credit: Esteban Martinez)

Nine out of ten times these guns would NOT shoot, but the enemy didn’t need to know that. All they had to know was that these guns are very expensive looking and can shoot 2 rounds at a time (which back in the day was a lot).

Spear tips
(credit: Esteban Martinez)

Here we see different types of shields, breast armor, and a wide range of spear tips. Some spear tips are meant only for show, others for breaking bones, some for piercing skulls, some for killing impaling horses, and of course some for jousting.

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