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English

The Palacio Real de Madrid (literally: Royal Palace of Madrid) is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family at the city of Madrid, but is only used for state ceremonies. King Juan Carlos and the Royal Family do not reside in the palace, choosing instead the more modest Palacio de la Zarzuela on the outskirts of Madrid. The palace is owned by the Spanish State and administered by the Patrimonio Nacional, a public agency of the Ministry of the Presidency. The palace is located on Calle de Bailén (Bailén Street), in the Western part of downtown Madrid, East of the Manzanares River, and is accessible from the Ópera metro station. Several rooms in the palace are regularly open to the public except during state functions. An admission fee of 11€ is required except for residents of the Iberian Peninsula.

In Spanish, it is sometimes incorrectly called "Palacio de Oriente" by confusion with the "Plaza de Oriente", the square which lies to the East (Oriental) side of the palace.

 

Spanish

La plaza de Oriente está situada en el centro histórico de la ciudad española de Madrid. Se trata de una plaza rectangular de cabecera curvada, de carácter monumental, cuyo trazado definitivo responde a un diseño de 1844 de Narciso Pascual y Colomer, heredero de varios proyectos anteriores. Uno de sus principales impulsores fue el rey José I, quien ordenó la demolición de las casas medievales situadas sobre su solar.

Está presidida por dos de los edificios más relevantes de la capital: su contorno occidental lo delimita el Palacio Real y el oriental el Teatro Real. Su cara norte la conforma el Real Monasterio de la Encarnación, al que le fue expropiado el Huerto de la Priora para integrarlo dentro de la plaza.

Además de los citados edificios, esta plaza monumental alberga diferentes jardines histórico-artísticos y una colección escultórica, en la que destaca especialmente la efigie de Felipe IV, obra del siglo XVII de Pietro Tacca. Está considerada como la primera estatua ecuestre del mundo sujetada únicamente por las patas traseras del caballo.

 

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