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the above photo in large size. (Note: This photo
was taken from my room window at the Hostal Valencia)
Orienta (east). The
plaza sits on the east side of the Royal Palace
and derives its name from this orientation.
The plaza was completed during the reign of Isabel
II but started by Joseph Bonaparte, who ruled
Spain from 1808 to 1814 A.D.
In the 18th century, prior to the
establishment of the plaza, a group of actors
established a theater in this area. In
decay by 1818, the theater was demolished and
work was started on a royal theatre to replace it.
The period between 1818 and 1849 was a turbulent
time for Spain. Construction of the Royal Theater
was delayed until Isabel II stepped in to order
its completion, which finally occurred in 1850.
Teatro Real (also known as the Teatro de la Opera)
is among the buildings that are grouped in a
semicircle around the square.
the center of the plaza sits a fountain adorned
on top by a statue of Philip IV. The statue of Philip IV was erected in
||Around the garden of the plaza are
statutes of Spain's monarchs. These
statutes were intended to adorn the rooftop of
the Royal Palace, but
once they were completed, it was discovered they
were way too heavy for the building.
|Should you find yourself in the Plaza
de Oriente during the late evening, you certainly
will be treated to music in the air.
Street musicians often set up shop in the area
and on one occasion, I encountered a full-fledged
free concert set up in front of the Royal Palace.
the Hostal Valencia page if you would like to
book a night right on the plaza.
the restaurant above will open for dinner.
Interesting Fact: The plaza is constructed
over a parking garage.
Among the businesses located in the buildings that
surround the plaza is a tour company from which one can
book day tours out of Madrid.
stunning views of the Plaza Oriente
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