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The Royal Palace of El Pardo (Spanish: Palacio Real de El Pardo, pronounced [paˈla.θjo reˈal de el ˈpaɾðo]) is a historic building near Madrid, Spain, in the present-day district of Fuencarral-El Pardo. It is owned by the Spanish state and administered by the Patrimonio Nacional agency.

Royal Palace of El Pardo
Native name
Spanish: Palacio Real de El Pardo
Palacio Real de El Pardo - 01.jpg
LocationMadrid, Spain
Official name: Palacio Real de El Pardo
Reference no.RI-51-0001062
Royal Palace of El Pardo is located in Spain
Royal Palace of El Pardo
Location of Royal Palace of El Pardo in Spain
Royal Palace of El Pardo
Lateral facade of the palace, both with the Patio de los Austrias.



The palace began as a royal hunting lodge. It became an alternative residence of the kings of Spain until the reign of King Alfonso XII of Spain, who died in the palace in 1885.

King Henry III of Castile ordered the building of the pavilion in 1406, on Mount El Pardo, because of its abundant game. Later, in the time of Emperor Charles V (1547), it was transformed into a palace by the architect Luis de Vega. On 13 March 1604, a massive fire destroyed many of the paintings, including masterpieces by Titian. King Charles III of Spain renovated the building in the 18th century, appointing his architect Francesco Sabatini to undertake the job. It was newly transformed in the 20th century, doubling in size with the construction of an identical copy of the original structure to the east.

The interior decoration includes a ceiling frescoed by Gaspar Becerra, and paintings by Vincenzo Carducci and Cabrera.

In 1739 the palace hosted talks between the governments of Britain and Spain, who eventually agreed to the Convention of Pardo in a bid to avert a war. However, the Convention failed to prevent war breaking out shortly afterwards.

Generalissimo Francisco Franco lived in the palace after the Spanish Civil War. Since Franco's death, it has been used as a residence for visiting heads of state.

The Palace of Zarzuela forms part of the complex of residences at the site.

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