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Just off the northern end of the Royal Palace we find an oasis in the dead center of Madrid called the "Jardines de Sabatini" ("Sabitini Gardens"). As printed on the plaque at right that can be found on a brick wall at the stairwell that descends to the gardens, Francisco Sabatini was an Italian architect and advisor to King Carlos III of Spain. Sabatini is credited with (amongst other projects) the Puerta de Alcalá and finishing the construction of the  Royal Palace. As the favorite architect of KIng Carlos III (the Spanish king who was most active in making Madrid a monumental city), he was also assigned the task of restoring and beautifying much of the city. 
These gardens were not designed by Sabatini himself (obviously not since they were constructed in 1933 and Sabatini lived in the mid 18th century) but instead were laid out in the exact location of the now disappeared Royal Stables designed by Sabatini in the late 18th century. A symetrical geometric shape gives the gardens an ever so tranquil aspect and they seem to be almost a natural extension of the Palace itself.

The gardens of the Royal Palace (Jardines de Sabatin & Campo del Moro) were open to the general public by King Juna Carlos I in 1978 and today the Sabatini Gardens are a mellow place adorned with statues, fountains and shrubs where both Madrileños and visitors alike go to relax, study, read or simply "echar una siesta" ("have a nap").

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Jardines de Sabatini - jeremy's practical info
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Metro stop: Opera - lines click to see complete line trajectory and click to see complete line trajectory.

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When: Access to the gardens is free and they are open every day of the week during daylight hours (which means that opening hours are fewer in fall/winter than in spring/summer).
Getting there: walk north about 2 minutes from the Royal Palace along Calle Bailén in the direction of the Plaza de España, the "Jardines de Sabatini" are on your left hand side less than 300 feet from th Palace. Metro stop "Opera" (lines 2 & 5).

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