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The Royal Botanic Gardens
Beside the Prado Museum on the Paseo del Prado, there is the Plaza of Murillo, where the entrance to the Royal Botanic Gardens is.
In 1755 King Fernando VI ordered the gardens, but it was during the reign of the next king, Carlos III, when the gardens were finished at their present site in 1774. The architects were Francesco Sabatini and Juan de Villanueva. Sabatini was the king’s architect and Villanueva designed the Prado Museum. The aim of the gardens was to teach botany, and there are three greenhouses which exhibit many tropical plants. The gardens were closed for many years and were finally restored and reopened in 1981.
Today there are many trees from the original garden from the 18th century. In total there are more than 30,000 different species of plants in the gardens. Every tree is labeled correctly, so one can learn while roaming the gardens.
The gardens are laid out in the formal style, using very geometrical patterns. The flowers are spectacular in spring and one can see many beautiful flowering trees. In spring there are tulips of many different colors planted in geometric patterns in the parterres. People who enjoy nature and flowers will really enjoy these beautiful gardens.
Address: 2, Plaza de Murillo
(opposite Museo del Prado)
Buses: 10, 14, 19, 24, 26, 27, 32, 34, 45, 57, 140, C1and C2.
Underground station: Atocha, Atocha-Renfe
Train : Atocha.
Open daily from 10:00 (except 25 December and 1 January)
Closing: 18:00 November-February, 19:00 March, 20:00 April, 21:00 May-August and 20:00 September.