"Relax in the Sabatini Gardens" Sabatini Gardens Tip by DanielF
Sabatini Gardens, Madrid: 16 reviews and 23 photos
Situated on the north side of the palace, on the exact location where the old Royal Stables used to stand, the Sabatini Gardens are a perfect spot for a restful break during the exhausting sightseeing tours in Madrid. They offer spectacular views of the North façade of the Palace, vegetal mazes, sculptures, a small reflecting pond and tons of tranquility.
The gardens are named after Sabatini, an Italian architect who contributed largely to the design of the Royal Palace. He became the King's favorite architect already in Naples, before he acceded as Charles III to the Spanish throne after the death of his brother Ferdinand VI. Oddly enough, Sabatini did not design the gardens (he had indeed designed the former stables that were replaced by the gardens, though).
The Sabatini Gardens were actually laid down in the 20th century, after the model of the classical French gardens. Again oddly enough, Spain was a republic at that time, short before the outbreak of the civil war.
Address: The gardens below the Royal Palace
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