During almost three months, National Heritage has continued working not only to conserve the Palaces, Monasteries and Convents, but also to adapt to its facilities the new access regulations for the prevention of COVID-19 transmission, thus guaranteeing maximum security. With this premise, we invite you to visit the Royal Palace, which opened its doors last June 10th. Let's start!
Located in the Plaza de Oriente, we find this beautiful architectural jewel, the official residence of monarchs in the past, and which currently hosts important official events. The Royal Palace of Madrid was built by the architect Giambattista Sacchetti, he was a disciple of Filippo Juvarra, to whom Philip V commissioned the project.
After Juvarra's death, Sacchetti knew how to adapt the majestic project, creating this singular building, including the continuous proposals and changes of Francisco Sabatini, architect of the first monarch who settled there: Carlos III.
Now you have the opportunity to explore it, since it opened its doors again to the public last week, with great safety measures. Therefore, the maximum capacity will be 160 visitors per hour, and those attending over 6 years of age must wear a mask from the beginning of the tour until the end, except for those with medical certification accrediting that their use is contraindicated.
It will not be possible to access those rooms where the minimum safety distance cannot be guaranteed, so the Royal Kitchen, the Chapel, the Crown Room, the Stucco Cabinet, the Smoking Room, the Fine Wood Cabinet, or the Reliquary Room Expo will remain temporarily closed.
In addition, for the first time, it will be possible to see the real palace floor, since carpets have been removed, except in those areas that require additional protection due to their characteristics, in order to be able to carry out a greater disinfection.
Visitors will be able to download the applications of the different National Heritage monuments, replacing the audio guides and brochures, which will be temporarily unavailable.
The Royal Palace can be visited from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm, and on Sundays from 10am to 4pm. Tickets can be purchased preferably online through its website, and access will be free for all visitors, Monday through Thursday, from 5pm to 7pm, and during all the opening hours for unemployed people, large families, disabled people or people under 5 years old, among other groups.
Finally, we would like to remind you that for the moment the Solemn Changing of the Royal Guard will not take place, so we recommend you to stay tuned to its website to find out first-hand about the changes due to the de-escalation.
More info: Patrimonio Nacional
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