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Palacio Real de El Pardo, Madrid
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Built as a hunting lodge, Palacio Real de El Pardo was also the residence of Francisco Franco, the Spanish dictator. King Enrique III of Castile built a pavilion on the site in 1406, but it wasn't until 141 years later that Emperor Carlos V constructed the rest of the palace. It was renovated in the 18th century, and became the neoclassical structure you'll see on your visit. Tour the frescoed room painted by Gaspar Becerra, and admire the artwork of Vincenzo Carducci and Cabrera on the walls. Then make the rounds of the plazas, gardens, parks, and other buildings in the vast complex. Add Palacio Real de El Pardo to your Madrid travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Madrid trip builder.
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  • The Palacio Real de El Pardo is magnificent. With many works of art, beautiful rugs. It was one of the residences of the dictator Franco. Worth the visit.
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  • We loved this Palace. We were only 4 people for which the visit with our guide was perfect. It taught us all. Very funny... whenever we entered a stay he lit the light and leave it turned off again. He told us that was for conservation. There are stunning furniture and precious paintings, as always... to be national heritage or a photo on the inside they let you do. A penalty. A recommended visit. Another thing curious... smelled very well, are visiting all those real sites and the majority are very clean but smell to carpet.
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  • When I first approached this palace, it reminded me of the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria ........I had forgotten to connect the dots between the Spanish Royals and the Habsburgs....a good histo...  more »
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  • Free on weds & thur 17:00-20:00 hrs for EU & latin america citizens Mon-sun 10:00-20:00 hrs
  • Very nice, tapestries great. Are you can visit free Wednesday evening with guided visit. The only thing we miss is to not take photos but is normal for safety to the heads of State of other countries to stay. You can also visit then the Cristo del Pardo.
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  • Grand place. Which was the Royal residence today is the residence of visiting heads of State in our country. On the outside it has a rustic, unadorned low-rise building. The contrast in the interior is spectacular. Stays are not usually very large, but it has a great artistic value. Virtually all the decoration is Empire style except the courtyards. With respect to its history, the guide describes its chronological evolution. With regard to Franco, no need to worry, all that remains of the here are their rooms at night. One of the most surprising things of this Palace is that after passing through a corridor similar to which you could find in a 5 star hotel, you're surprisingly with a theatre! So. On the back there is a beautiful theatre, obviously isn't very big, has sofas and seats since the last use that was given was in movie theater, by Franco and family. It was originally a theatre in which the Royal family spent their leisure time. Travel through the halls that form the apartment of the head of State's visit in Spain, which are, among others, the office of Franco, originally dining area, the current dining area, precious and other reception rooms. One of the Palace is most beautiful of national heritage. If you're passing through El Pardo I recommend that you visit, as it is a wonderful place!
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  • It is culture. Interesting to know.
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  • Very good place to visit. The Palace visits guides are very good. Recommended site to visit in the community of Madrid
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