Part 4: Madrid Day 2 - Royal Palace


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We had a late night and decided to get a late start: around noon.  After we got rolling, we decided to head to the National Palace to check things out.

The photos below are what we saw.

The Tio Pepe sign is truly iconic - it has been in existence since the 1930's.  The Netflix sign, obviously, is a bit newer.

Spain's road system is measured from this origin.  Literally, all roads lead to Madrid.

The guards at the mayor's palace have the funkiest hats ever: similar to plastic dog bowls with flat sides in the rear.

The sign describes combat against the invasion of Napolean's troops in 1808.

Interesting carving.

A government building we passed on our way to the Royal Palace.

There is a large cathedral just south of the Royal Palace: Catderal de La Almudena.

The front of the cathedral was recent, in European terms.

Shooting into the sun was problematic with strong shadows, but with a bit of post-processing the results were acceptable.  The fellows with the blue hat and shirts were in town for the soccer game.

The alcove at the front of the cathedral had this statue of the saint Paul.

While we were looking at the front of the cathedral, the Madrid police came to confront the two young girls on the right.  I assume that they were pick-pockets as they were immediately identified by the officers and separated from the other (obviously American) tourists to the left.  The officer on the right is writing a citation after he searched their bags.

Once on the grounds of the Royal Palace we got a better view of the cathedral.  In the foreground is the fence of the palace.

The royal palace was quite imposing, one of the larger structures of its type in the world.  The original building, the Alcazar palace of the Spanish Hapsburgs, was destroyed by a fire in 1734 and subsequently rebuilt by 1764.

A beautiful palace, worthy of a king.  Literally.

Intricate and ornate lamp posts in the courtyard.

The internal walkways featured arched ceilings of kiln-baked bricks.

Looking up, the brickwork on the arches created interesting patterns.

Inside the palace on the tour, we could see some of the treasures.  While never stated, this clock is likely solid gold.

Charles III on horseback.

Another intricate clock with inlaid wood and gold glint.

Charles III was not a handsome fellow, but he had the palace anyway.

The king'l bed chambers.

The interior courtyard had a variety of carved stone statues.

One of the frescoes on the ceiling; quit astounding.

The title on the statue tells the story.

Isabella's husband, they were married in 1469 and their marriage unified Spain.  The later funded Columbus' exploration of the New World.

All royal palaces should have statues on the crest of the roof.  Sadly, it was too far away to read any inscriptions.

A plaza just to the east of the Royal Palace.

Usually, when I say "nice knockers" I get slapped, but here is an exception.  This was on a doorway near the Royal Palace.

On the way back to the hotel, we walked on Gran Via that gave us nice views of some of the local architecture.

The whole side of this building was a LCD display with advertising.

A video ad that span the entire facade of a building.

The National Palace is worth a visit when in the area.  The treasures there are literally priceless.  I do suggest a re-reading of your high school history book to get the main drift of the implications of the events.

Tomorrow we do further exploration of the interesting sites in Madrid.

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