In the heart of Madrid we find the Royal Palace, a building that has its origin in the ninth century, when the Muslim kingdom of Toledo built a fortress finally used by the kings of Castile.
The Palacio Real de Madrid (literally: Royal Palace of Madrid) is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family at the city of Madrid, but is only used for state ceremonies. King Felipe VI and the Royal Family do not reside in the palace.
The palace has 135,000 square metres (1,450,000 sq ft) of floorspace and contains 3,418 rooms. It is the largest palace in Europe by floor area. The interior of the palace is notable for its wealth of art and the use of many types of fine materials in the construction and the decoration of its rooms.
The spectacular gardens that complete the royal palace are known as Campo del Moro, while the square in the East of the Palace is adorned with sculptures of various kings of Spain made during the reign of Ferdinand VI.
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