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Madrid's Royal Palace is a can't-miss part of Spain tours

With so many popular destinations in the Iberian Peninsula, it can be hard to decide where to visit as you plot out your  tour of Spain. Each city has many landmarks that will surely be some of the most memorable stops during your trip, but there are certain places that can't be missed, and that is certainly the case when it comes to the Royal Palace of Madrid. The sprawling residence contains more than 3,400 rooms and is among the most iconic buildings not only in the capital city, but in all of Spain.

The famous palace was completed in 1755, and was home to the Spanish royal family for nearly 200 years. While royals have not lived there since 1931 - it's only used for state ceremonies today - the palace still has a place of significant importance in the city's mystique. In fact, it is the second largest palace in Europe, trailing only the Louvre Palace in terms of floor area. While visitors can't explore every room, this majestic building has plenty to offer.

Some of the palace's greatest appeal rests outside its walls. The compound surrounding the buildings is peppered with beautiful sculptures, fountains and landscaping, not to mention the building's intricate architecture, which is a sight to behold in its own respect. The exterior is undoubtedly impressive, but there is plenty to look forward to once you make your way inside. 

Many rooms stand out as highlights throughout the interior, including the famous Hall of Mirrors, which,aside from being adorned with many reflective pieces, is also home to numerous impressive sculptures. Other standouts include the Royal Guards' Room and the Columns Room - to name a few.

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