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Palacio Real de El Pardo, Madrid

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#14 of 69 in Historic Sites in Madrid
Historic Site Tourist Spot
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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  • We went to the palace at sunday morning. The line for tickets was long. I purchse tickets by the intetnet.There is not any line for ticket holders and they need only the code you get by email. The pal...  more »
  • Entry was a bit chaotic with long line for audio guide, but well worth it. Nice overview of Spanish history and, of course, some spectacular rooms.  more »
  • Great day out,15km by bus 601 from Moncloa.Lovely riverside walk on the right over the bridge as far as you like as it is a linear walk.great birdwatching and an excellent lunch in a local restaurant ...  more »
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  • Beautiful palace 10 minutes away from Madrid. Its located in a marvelous environment.
  • Great visit to Royal Palace El Pardo. Too bad you can't take photos inside it, only the yard. It was a bit shoking the fact it was also dictator Franco's residence and now it is used for foreign Heads of State on state visits to Spain.
  • Free on weds & thur 17:00-20:00 hrs for EU & latin america citizens Mon-sun 10:00-20:00 hrs
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