Royal Palace & Sabatini Gardens
The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family in Madrid, but is only really used for state ceremonies. The palace used to have royal stables as part of its grounds, which were designed by Italian architect Francesco Sabatini, but, in 1933 these were cleared away, as they had fallen into a state of disrepair. Fortunately, all was not lost, as in its place the Sabatini Gardens were created, a project that was finally completed in the late 1970’s.
A Neoclassical Design
The neoclassical design of the Sabatini Gardens has earned them quite the reputation, with many considering this to be the finest gardens in Madrid. The focal point of the garden is the expansive pond that is set in the middle, complete with a gurgling fountain. Surrounding this is a maze of hedges that have been sculpted into extravagant geometric patterns, making them look even more spectacular from up above.