Saturday, February 14, 2009

Palacio Real de Madrid

The Royal Palace of Madrid is a snazzy place. Apparently it is the largest royal palace in Western Europe and has more than 2 800 rooms. Unfortunately not all the rooms are accessible. As large as it sounds, I was in dismay to find that the areas that were available to tourists was rather quaint in relation to the size of the property. I have a tendency to deviate when I'm feeling the need to satiate my curiosity, but there was no sneaking past the folks here. They keep a watchful eye on you.

As you can see, I was trying to get a few shots without the guards catching on, but alas it's trivial to even attempt it when my hands are as shaky they are. That's why I opt for recording images with drawings. It takes longer, but I don't have to worry about blurriness.

The interiors were pretty nuts. Lots of gold, lots of amazing reliefs, beautiful frescoes(mostly the ones by Tiepolo), some chinoiserie thrown in for good measure, ornate, ornate, ornate! If you like Versailles, you'll like this place. There was also an area displaying military armoury and a farmacia too. Armoury creeps me out. Reminds me of the scene in Bedknobs and Broomsticks when the knights come to life to fight the nazis.

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