Last Saturday I visited the Palacio Real de El Pardo (the Royal Palace of El Pardo) which is commonly referred to as “El Pardo” here in Spain. The palace is about a 25 minute bus ride from the Moncloa bus station, which I live very close to so it’s a ridiculously easy day trip from Madrid.
King Enrique/Henry III ordered the building of a hunting lodge there in 1406 in the Monte de el Pardo. The location is surrounded by green hills and a forest full of abundant game so it was the ideal place for the Spanish royal family’s hunting excursions. More than a century later, Carlos/Charles V converted the building into a palace, making it more suitable for long-term living.
In March 1604, a fire destroyed most of the palace. In fact, today there is only one room in the entire palace that has remnants of a few…
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