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Plaza de Oriente, Madrid: 34 reviews and 57 photos

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The Plaza sits on the east side of the Royal Palace and it derives its name from this orientation. The Plaza was completed during the rein of Isabel II but started by Joseph Bonaparte who ruled Spain from 1808 to 1814AD.

In the18th century, prior to the establishment of the Plaza, a group of actors established a theater in this area. In decay by 1818, the theater was demolished and work was started on a Royal Theatre to replace it. The period between 1818 to 1849 was a turbulent time for Spain. Construction of the Royal Theater was delayed until Isabel II stepped in to order its completion, which finally occurred in 1850.

Around the garden of the plaza are statutes of Spain's monarchs. These statutes were intended to adorn the roof top of the Royal Palace but once they were completed, it was discovered they were way to heavy for the building.

Address: Between Royal Palace and Opera House
Website: http://www.gomadrid.com/sights/plaza-de-oriente.html

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  • Written Dec 27, 2006
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