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« on: October 23, 2010, 02:30:52 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2010, 02:41:23 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2010, 02:43:52 PM »

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Rearden, thank you so much for these pictures...they are just beautiful!!  It's great to get to see these...and the peacock is so pretty! Star By the way, I love your avatar...one of my daughter's favorite movies!! Thumb up
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« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2010, 02:46:35 PM »

Thank you!!  Star

the movie is also a favourtie of mine  Smiley
 now I'm reading the book that inspired Sofia Coppola to do the movie that's one of the reason I'm now using avatars from the movie
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Thank you!!  Star

the movie is also a favourtie of mine  Smiley
 now I'm reading the book that inspired Sofia Coppola to do the movie that's one of the reason I'm now using avatars from the movie
I will have to get her that book; she loves the movie and I can't wait to show her these pictures!
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« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2010, 02:50:57 PM »

It's Marie Antoniette by Antonia Fraser   Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2010, 04:02:52 PM »

San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Not exactly a palace as it is also a monastery but I will post it here  Wink














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« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2010, 09:42:06 PM »

Great topic Rearden!  Banana Banana Star
I was seeing pictures of Spanish Royal Castles the other day, so I'll help with the thread if you don't mind!

The Royal Palace, Madrid:

This is a picture of the kitchen, not included in the visit  Tongue :



This is the ceiling above the main staircase. The painting represents the triumph of the religion and the Church, by Corrado Giaquinto:



One of the private rooms of Q.Victoria Eugenia:



Her private office:



The room where she received people:



Her music room:



Her dressing room:



Q.Maria Luisa of Parma bedroom:




One of the rooms of Q.María Cristina:



Saleta of Q.Maria Cristina:



Office of the King consort Francisco de Asís:



Office of the King Alfonso XIII:



Alfonso XIII bedroom (very austere):



The Catholic King and Queen, Isabel and Fernando:



Two pictures of the ouside of the palace:





Courtyard of the palace:


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« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2010, 12:13:31 AM »

Some information on the Royal Palace:
The Palacio Real de Madrid is the official residence of the King of Spain in the city of Madrid. The palace is partially open to public, except when it is being used for official business.

The site of the palace dates from a 10th-century fortress, called mayrit, constructed as an outpost by Mohammed I, Emir of Córdoba and inherited after 1036 by the independent Moorish Taifa of Toledo. After Madrid fell to Alfonso VI of Castile in 1085, the edifice was only rarely used by the kings of Castile. In 1329, King Alfonso XI of Castile convoked the cortes of Madrid for the first time. Philip II moved his court to Madrid in 1561.The Antiguo Alcázar ("Old Castle") was built on the location in the 16th century. It burned on December 24, 1734; King Philip V ordered a new palace built on the same location. Construction spanned the years 1738 to 1755[1] and followed a Berniniesque design by Filippo Juvarra and Giovanni Battista Tiepolo in cooperation with Ventura Rodríguez, Francesco Sabatini, and Martín Sarmiento. The new palace, directly facing the cathedral across the Plaza de Armas, was occupied by Charles III in 1764.


The vast palace is richly decorated by artists such as Velázquez, Tiepolo, Mengs, Gasparini, Juan de Flandes, Caravaggio, and Goya. Several royal collections of great historical importance are kept at the palace, including the Royal Armoury and weapons dating back to the 13th century, and the world's only complete Stradivarius string quintet, as well as collections of tapestry, porcelain, furniture, and other objects of great historical importance.

Below the palace, to the west, are the gardens of the Campo del Moro that were given this name due to the fact that here in the year 1109, Muslim leader Ali ibn Yusuf, encamped with his men in the attempt to recapture Madrid and its Alcázar (fortress) from the Christians. The east façade of the palace gives onto the Plaza de Oriente and the Teatro Real opera house. To the south is a vast square, the Plaza de la Armas, surrounded by narrow wings of the palace, and to the south of that is located the Catedral de la Almudena. To the north are the Jardines de Sabatini (Sabatini Gardens), named after one of the architects of the palace.

On the Plaza de Armas facade, two life-size statues on both sides of the main entrance honor the two native Emperors from the Americas, Moctezuma, Emperor of the Aztecs, and Atahualpa, Emperor of the Incas

Thanks to wikipedia  Wink
http://en.wikipedia.org/w...ki/Royal_Palace_of_Madrid
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« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2010, 09:53:02 PM »

I knew very little about the Zarzuela Palace, and being the private residence of the King and Queen of Spain I looked it up.

El Palacio de la Zarzuela or the Palace of Zarzuela:
The palace it's situated on the outskirts of Madrid, near the Royal Palace of El Pardo. The complex also houses the official residence of the Prince and Princess of Asturias in a nearby mansion. It is owned by the Spanish State and administered by the Patrimonio Nacional agency.

During the 17th century, King Philip IV ordered a country palace or hunting lodge to be built at La Zarzuela near Madrid. It was a rectangular, slate-roofed building with two lateral arcades. Carlos IV carried out alterations to the building to adapt it to 18th century taste, and adorned it with tapestries and porcelain, as well as furniture and his much-loved clocks.

The King and Queen of Spain have lived in the palace since their marriage in 1962. After the death of Francisco Franco in 1975 they refused to move to El Pardo Palace where Franco had lived, leaving it for foreign state guests, designating the Moncloa Palace as the residence of the President of the Spanish Government, while they remained at Zarzuela. The Royal Palace in the centre of Madrid, the former principal residence of the Spanish kings, is the official residence of the King, although it is only used for state occasions.

In summer 2002, the Prince of Asturias moved into a new residence, a 3,150 m² palace built within the La Zarzuela Palace grounds

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palace_of_Zarzuela
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« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2010, 10:19:59 PM »

Palacio de la Zarzuela:




Drawing of the original facade:



1960, still damaged from the Civil War:



Nowadays:


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