Royal Palace of Aranjuez

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Royal Palace of Aranjuez
Native name
Spanish: Palacio Real de Aranjuez
Palacio Real de Aranjuez (5).jpg
Location Aranjuez, Spain
Coordinates 40°02′10″N 3°36′29″W / 40.03613°N 3.608004°W / 40.03613; -3.608004Coordinates: 40°02′10″N 3°36′29″W / 40.03613°N 3.608004°W / 40.03613; -3.608004
Architect Juan Bautista de Toledo, Juan de Herrera
Official name: Aranjuez Cultural Landscape
Type Cultural
Criteria ii, iv
Designated 2001 (25th session)
Reference no. 1044
State Party  Spain
Region Europe and North America
Official name: Palacio Real de Aranjuez
Type Non-movable
Criteria Monument
Designated 1931[1]
Reference no. RI-51-0001063
Royal Palace of Aranjuez is located in Spain
Royal Palace of Aranjuez
Location of Royal Palace of Aranjuez in Spain

The Royal Palace of Aranjuez (Spanish: Palacio Real de Aranjuez) is a residence of the King of Spain, located in the town of Aranjuez, Community of Madrid, Spain. The palace is open to the public as one of the Spanish royal sites.

It was commissioned by Philip II and designed by Juan Bautista de Toledo and Juan de Herrera, who also designed El Escorial. It was completed during the reign of Ferdinand VI by the mid-18th century; Charles III had two wings added to it.

The huge gardens, built to relieve its royal residents from the dust and drought of the Spanish meseta using the waters of the adjacent Tagus and Jarama rivers, are Spain's most important of the Habsburg period. The Jardín de la Isla is on a man-made island bounded by the River Tagus and the Ria Canal. The Jardín del Príncipe contains a miniature palace (the Casa del Labrador, built for Charles IV) and the Museo de las Falúas Reales, housing the most important extant collection of Spain's royal pleasure barges.

The Concierto de Aranjuez is a composition for classical guitar and orchestra written by Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo, who was inspired by the palace gardens. The work attempts to take the listener through sounds of nature in and around the gardens during the period in which it was written.

The palace's important art and historical collections include the Museo de la Vida en Palacio, describing the daily lives of Spain's monarchs.

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