Aranjuez, a resting place for the royalty

18 January, 2013 0 Comments

Royal Palace Aranjuez

Today we are traveling to Spain searching for places with charm. Now we make a stop, for example, in a city of the province of Madrid, a city that has a rich historical heritage, and a elegant beauty: Aranjuez, which is the symbol of the Spanish imperial courts of past centuries.

The word “Aranjuez” sounds to music and concerts today and in this place you can enjoy landscapes regal. In its origins, Hapsburgs and Bourbons built here a legacy full of stately palaces and imperial gardens. In fact, in the eighteenth century the city was practically reserved to the Court. But it was Fernando VI who decided to build in these lands his own palace. Around the palace was rebuilt a city of geometries and perfect care paths.

The architect who gave to Aranjuez its current appearance was Santiago Bonavia. This architect created a city of avenues and wide and straight streets, large squares and very large neighbourhoods. Since then, the Royal Estates of Aranjuez are a waste of opulence with their perfect gardens and with the exaltation of the Tagus river in its passage through the city. Magnificent boats were carried to this place in the past. These boats are exposed in the Royal Barge Museum in the present.

In the baroque style, and the Royal Palace of Aranjuez was built with red and white bricks. In its interior, the Throne Hall and the main stairs are impressive. This Royal Palace has hundreds of rooms, all beautifully furnished in the old style. Most of these rooms were built during the reign of Isabel II, and many of the scandals and palace intrigues of those years took place between these rooms too.

On the outside, the gardens are a great spectacle of life and colour. Elegant fountains, greenhouses, bridges that take you to the leafy set of chestnut trees, lime trees, ash trees and poplars … and in the background, the “Farmhand’s House“, in neoclassical style, built by Isidro González Velázquez. These gardens are the result of the wishes of the Bourbon to create a place in the style of the french palace of Versailles. In spite of the fact that they were able to create magnificent gardens, they didn’t reach the greatness of the famous French gardens.

Parterre Garden Aranjuez

Parterre Garden

But in Aranjuez there is not just a palace with gardens. Even today we can admire the architecture inherited by Juan de Herrera, that was built before the arrival of Ferdinand VI. In this way, we can visit old houses offices, historic streets and monuments such as the Godoy and Osuna Palaces, the Saint Charles’ Hospital or Alpajes Church.

The city of Aranjuez was declared Historic Artistic Junction in 1983. It was also declared as a World Heritage Site by the Unesco in 2001.

Photos Source: Argyre

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