Spain’s royal family doesn’t live here anymore, having moved to the suburbs like many rich people, but this grandiose 18th-century neoclassical pile is still used for state occasions. If you’ve never seen a palace before, it’s worth visiting, but some Spanish palaces look the same and if you’ve seen one, there’s no pressing reason to see another. While the high-ceilinged rooms, crystal chandeliers and paintings by famous artists (including a selection of Goyas) are typical royal home décor, a couple of features make this palace stand out from the crowd. The Royal Pharmacy displays odd scientific instruments and a huge collection of painted ceramic jars that used to contain medicinal ingredients. The Armory is filled with weapons and armor, including armor for children and dogs. Most European armories have collections spanning several centuries. Once you’re done visiting, rest your feet in the formal palace garden, with its lush greenery and statues of kings.
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