Make like a foreign dignitary and visit the Royal Palace (Palacio Real). Take note of grand features, such as the white marble staircase that glides up from the foyer. Those ramp-like risers were created that way so ladies could languish in sedan chairs and then be lifted up to the ballroom. Be sure to walk up to see such masterpieces of 18th century design as the drawing rooms of Carlos III and the throne room. Downstairs, lounge about the Royal Pharmacy. Note: Though this is the King of Spain’s official residence, he doesn’t live here anymore. Instead, the Palacio Real is where Juan Carlos I officiates over ceremonies and receives foreign dignitaries.
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