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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
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").
Jardines de Sabatini - jeremy's practical info
(you can click on the icons to see the line trajectories and a map of the
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