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Offline darius

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Re: Spanish Royal Palaces
« Reply #15 on: May 11, 2006, 10:01:47 AM »
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I understand that Infanta Cristina and her family live in Barcelona. Where? In a palace?


The Infanta Cristina and family live in a large house which has recently been remodelled in the exclusive neighbourhood of Pedralbes in Barcelona.

The Royal Palace (Palau Reial) in Barcelona dates from the early 20th century and was a gift from a a local aristocrat to Alfonso XIII. Today it is a museum.

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Re: Spanish Royal Palaces
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Re: Spanish Royal Palaces
« Reply #17 on: May 10, 2009, 01:18:14 PM »
'tis very easy to find images of the Palacio de Oriente; on the other hand, I have never found any images of the Zarzuela Palace. Could someone please post some, as well as images of the residence of the Princes of Asturias?

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Re: Spanish Royal Palaces
« Reply #18 on: May 11, 2009, 08:42:52 AM »
It's very pretty. Do we know how big it is? Certainly a smaller palace. Any floor plans? All the photos I see are from only two places: the front steps or the same "audience room" (or whatever the proper name is for that room). I assume that the formal official areas are a small part of the layout and that most of the small palace is private and service?

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Re: Spanish Royal Palaces
« Reply #19 on: May 11, 2009, 02:02:28 PM »
It's very pretty. Do we know how big it is? Certainly a smaller palace.

It's not that big. It was originally a hunting lodge.
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Re: Spanish Royal Palaces
« Reply #20 on: May 11, 2009, 02:30:59 PM »
It's very pretty. Do we know how big it is? Certainly a smaller palace.

It's not that big. It was originally a hunting lodge.
Is it here where the zarzuela originated in the 17th century?

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Re: Spanish Royal Palaces
« Reply #21 on: June 04, 2009, 09:16:34 AM »
If you look at Zarzuela Palace from above (via Google Earth or a similar satellite provider), you will see that the picture above is is the north (entrance) facade of the center block of the palace, which is flanked by two wings, each approximately the same size as the center block.  One of those wings probably contains the private royal apartments, the other probably contains service areas.

Behind the palace (on the south side facing Madrid) are terraced gardens (the property sits on a hill), with an outdoor pool and tennis courts to the west edge.  Just across the main driveway is what looks to me like 2 heliports.  The palace itself is surrounded with a complex of other buildings, that look like greenhouses, and probably security and household staff quarters. 

Just to the east, across the driveway, is the more modern residence of the Prince and Princess of Asturius.  It has its own gardens and pool, and looks to the naked eye about half the size of the main palace.

Just northeast of Zarzuela, up another canyon, is the Palace of El Pardo, where Franco lived.  From the satellite picture, that palace is totally surrounded by what looks like a village and a military base or other industrial looking buildings.  Although El Pardo palace is bigger than Zarzuela, I can understand why the King and Queen chose not to move there.  It seems to afford much less privacy than Zarzuela.