The Full Wiki

More info on Royal Palace of El Pardo

Royal Palace of El Pardo: Wikis


Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Royal Palace of El Pardo
Lateral facade of the palace, both with the Patio de los Austrias.

The Royal Palace of El Pardo (Spanish: Palacio Real de El Pardo) is owned by the Spanish state and administered by the Patrimonio Nacional agency. It is situated near Madrid (in the present-day district of Fuencarral-El Pardo (Madrid) and the palace began as a hunting lodge.

It became an alternative residence of the kings of Spain until Alfonso XII, who died in the palace in 1885.

It was King Enrique III who ordered the building of the pavilion in 1406, on Mount El Pardo, because of its abundant game. Later, in the time of Carlos I (1547), it was transformed into a palace. On 13 March 1604, a massive fire destroyed many of the paintings, including masterpieces by Titian. Carlos III renovated the building in the eighteenth century, appointing his architect Francesco Sabatini for the job. It was newly transformed in the twentieth century, doubling its size by repeating to the east its original structure.

The interior decoration includes a ceiling frescoed by Gaspar Becerra, and paintings by Vicenzo Carducho and Cabrera.

In 1739 the palace hosted talks between the governments of Britain and Spain, who eventually agreed the Convention of Pardo in a bid to avert a war. However, the Convention failed to prevent war breaking out shortly afterwards.

Francisco Franco lived in the palace after the Spanish Civil War. After Franco's death, it has been used as a residence for visiting heads of state.

The Palace of Zarzuela forms part of the complex of residences at the site.

External links

Coordinates: 40°31′19″N 3°46′28″W / 40.52194°N 3.77444°W / 40.52194; -3.77444



Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address