October 1st 2018
- 09,30 h – Meeting point at Eurobuilding Hotel
- 14,00 h – 15,00 h – Lunch at La taberna del Alabardero
- 15,00 h – 16,00 h – Guided tour on foot through Hapsburg Madrid
- 16,00 h – Back to the hotel (Meeting point in the Plaza de Oriente)
A guided tour on foot through Hapsburg Madrid, to see the most representative monuments.
This tour includes a visit to the Royal Palace and La Almudena Cathedral.
Home to the Kings of Spain from Charles III to Alfonso XIII, Madrid’s Royal Palace takes us on a journey through the history of Spain. Today, this palace is the official residence of Spain’s King Philip VI and Queen Letizia.
Seventeen years passed between the laying of the first stone in 1738 and final completion of the work commissioned by Philip V. However, it was Charles III (known as the “Mayor of Madrid” due to the large number of improvements and initiatives that he undertook in the city) who became the first monarch to occupy the new building. His successors Charles IV (responsible for the creation of the Hall of Mirrors) and Ferdinand VII added many decorative details and furnishings, such as clocks, items of furniture and chandeliers.
The palace, inspired by sketches made by Bernini for the construction of the Louvre in Paris, is built in the form of a square and looks out over a large courtyard with galleries and a parade ground. The decoration of the palace’s rooms and their layout has gradually changed over the years as the building has been adapted to suit the needs of its residents.
The Cathedral of Our Lady, the Real de la Almudena, began to take shape on December 22, 1868 (although several attempts had previously been carried out by Queen Isabel de Borbón in 1623 and Queen Maria Ana of Austria in 1669). In 1883, His Majesty King Don Alfonso XII laid the first stone of the future church.
The Marquis of Cubas revised his initial parish church project, modifying it to become a Cathedral Temple, undertaking a project which is grandiose in its dimensions and its architecture, in an exuberant and profuse neo-Gothic style. A curious fact about this Cathedral is that unlike other cathedrals, whose traditional orientation is East-West, the Almudena Cathedral stands North-South; the reason behind this is that from the very beginning it was designed as an integral part of the Royal Palace buildings; its main façade, located at the foot of the temple, looks towards the south façade of the Palace.
This restaurant has a unique appearance, developed over the years that is has been a gathering point for politicians, journalists and social workers, among others. It has seen visits from the Spanish Royal Family and Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Its walls are full of history and photos that include well-known figures from the world of the arts, of culture, of bullfighting and of politics; these tell the story of more than forty years