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Plaza de Oriente

opposite Palacio Real, Madrid, Spain (Centro)
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Ranked #25 of 439 attractions in Madrid
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Plaza Oriente is located at the east side of the Royal Palace. This plaza really is a park divided into 3 sections. Left and right is full of tree and statues, and the middle part is a well mantained landscape garden. The statue of Felipe IV astride a horse is set on top the fountain. We took a break there... More

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

These are lovely shady gardens next to the palace. A fab place to get some shade and watch the world go by. Incidentally the palace balcony you can see when your sat there is where Franco addressed his troops from.

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Valletta, Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This is a very nice square to take pictures in. There is a huge fountain in the centre and you can view the royal palace in the background. It has several smaller fountains and statues of past kings and queens. Furthermore, it is surrounded by cafes and benches where one can rest and snack. There are also people dressed as... More

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Neath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The square has a nice view of the Royal Palace. The are benches to sit and relax, or wander around the garden admiring the many staues which are here. There is a pleasant cafe to take a break.

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Charleston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Located right across the street from the Royal Palace and Cathedral, which are studies in hardscape, the grass and trees in the Plaza de Oriente is a welcome change of pace.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This is a large square near the Royal Palace and the Royal Theater. There are some classy buildings standing in an arch at the other side of the Palace. The large fountain in the middle is by a statue of King Felipe IV.

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Nebraska City, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The Plaza was built during the reign of Joseph Bonaparte with the aim to protect the Royal Palace against uprisings. This famous square is marked by the wonderful garden in the center, with plants and fountains. It is said that Galileo helped to do the calculations for its design!!

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Cold Spring, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This plaza outside the palace is filled with sculpture and gardens. What made it appealing to me was the number of locals walking their dogs or playing with their children in the playground.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

There's an extrvagant military parade every Weds midday at the Palace. These gardens are a nice place to sit and wait for the performance. There are places to sit in the shade or take the sun.

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Almere, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Plaza de Oriente is located on the east side of the Royal Palace, between the Palace and the Royal Theater. In the center of the square we see a large bronze statue of King Philip IV on his horse (see my separate review) The statue is designed after a painting of Velaquez. Around this statue a lot of trees and... More

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