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Reconstruction of baroque gardens and possible restoration of abandoned royal palace in Boadilla del Monte (Madrid, Spain)

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AT LAST!!! :banana: :apple: :carrot: :pepper:

They´re going to restore and open to visitors one of the best Baroque palaces in the Madrid region, the Palace of the Infant Don Luis, in Boadilla del Monte.
To give you an idea, the palace is slightly bigger than the Château de Cheverny (France), and the gardens used to be considered a Baroque masterpiece.
The palace and the gardens have been abandoned for long.

Many of us in SSC Spain were wondering why, since it undoubtedly has the potential to become an important touristic attraction.

The first quoted post is from February.

Schemes of the gardens as they were and as they will be restored:

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Update from April 7 2014.

The first phase of the restoration of the palace has already started and will be finished in one year, if all goes well:

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Aerial views of the Château de Cheverny (France) in the first place, and in second place the Boadilla del Monte palace, to give you an idea, as seen from 200 m high each:

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More images of the palace and gardens (I´m translating from Spanish):


Boadilla del Monte (5) por santiagolopezpastor, en Flickr

Here had his court the Infant Don Luis, and here stayed people like Goya the painter or Boccherini the musician.





One of the four gates to the palace gardens:


Boadilla del Monte (8) por santiagolopezpastor, en Flickr


Boadilla del Monte (9) por santiagolopezpastor, en Flickr


Boadilla del Monte (10) por santiagolopezpastor, en Flickr


Boadilla del Monte (11) por santiagolopezpastor, en Flickr



The square of the main façade of the palace, restored a few years ago for a film:


Boadilla del Monte (12) por santiagolopezpastor, en Flickr


Boadilla del Monte (13) por santiagolopezpastor, en Flickr


Boadilla del Monte (14) por santiagolopezpastor, en Flickr



Just opposite the faaçade the ensemble is completed by a fountain designed by Ventura Rodríguez, also from 1763 and connected straight into the palace kitchens.


Boadilla del Monte (15) por santiagolopezpastor, en Flickr


Boadilla del Monte (16) por santiagolopezpastor, en Flickr



Baroque masks.


Boadilla del Monte (17) por santiagolopezpastor, en Flickr


Boadilla del Monte (18) por santiagolopezpastor, en Flickr


Boadilla del Monte (19) por santiagolopezpastor, en Flickr



The façade measures some 80 m long.


Boadilla del Monte (20) por santiagolopezpastor, en Flickr
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It was a mess.
Indeed it was.

View from the convent.


Boadilla del Monte (26) por santiagolopezpastor, en Flickr


Boadilla del Monte (27) por santiagolopezpastor, en Flickr


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The palace gardens keep the wall and its four gates.


Boadilla del Monte (30) por santiagolopezpastor, en Flickr



The ruins of the pond, and on the right, the ruined poultry house, where the Infant used to keep exotic birds.


Boadilla del Monte (31) por santiagolopezpastor, en Flickr


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And around the gardens, the woods, good for hunting.


Boadilla del Monte (35) por santiagolopezpastor, en Flickr


Boadilla del Monte (39) por santiagolopezpastor, en Flickr


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More images.


Boadilla del Monte (42) por santiagolopezpastor, en Flickr


Boadilla del Monte (43) por santiagolopezpastor, en Flickr



The two-slope side stairs of the gardens.


Boadilla del Monte (44) por santiagolopezpastor, en Flickr



The central ones are double stairs.


Boadilla del Monte (45) por santiagolopezpastor, en Flickr



And on that upper terrace, surrounded by parterres and other ornaments, was the Fountain of the Shells (Fuente de las Conchas), which is now located in the gardens of the Madrid Royal Palace since it was taken there as soon as 1844. It was designed by Ventura Rodríguez in 1765. Image of the fountain ins its current location in Madrid.


MADRID / Jardines del Campo del Moro y Palacio Real (30/03/2013) por Saúl Tuñon Loureda, en Flickr


Fuente de las Conchas, Campo del Moro, Madrid, Castille, Espagne. por byb64, en Flickr


Fuente de las Conchas. Campo del Moro. Madrid por MADRID la ciudad, en Flickr


Boadilla del Monte (46) por santiagolopezpastor, en Flickr


Boadilla del Monte (47) por santiagolopezpastor, en Flickr


Boadilla del Monte (48) por santiagolopezpastor, en Flickr
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Quite some work to be done until the gardens reach again the same splendor as the ones in the Madrid Royal Palace, don´t you think? ;)
More images.

This is the Summer palace that the Infant Don Luis had at Arenas de San Pedro (Avila province, Castile and Leon), which bit by bit is also being restored.


IMG_9156 por Igor G.M., en Flickr



View of his Boadilla Winter palace.


Boadilla del Monte (49) por santiagolopezpastor, en Flickr



Images of the inside.

Most of the images of the inside come from the Flickr of Asociación Madrid, Ciudadanía y Patrimonio -> http://www.flickr.com/photos/madridcyp/


Tombs of the Countess of Chinchón and her daughters in the palace chapel.







The chapel.







The kitchens.





Room of the Countess of Chinchón.





Stairs.





Image of the inside, when it was announced that the palace would be restored. Only a few rooms have been restored for now.


La Comunidad rehabilitará el Palacio del Infante Don Luis, en Boadilla del Monte (23 marzo 2012) por Comunidad de Madrid, en Flickr


Escaleras por Mon Labiaga Ferrer, en Flickr



Here used to be the Fountain of the Shells before being moved.







Arcade under the garden stairs.





To finish (for now), just say that in the last years some movies have been filmed here, like 'Goya´s Ghosts' or 'Witching and bitching'.



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The tramway (line ML3) runs very close to the palace (Boadilla Centro stop), so it will be very easy to get there from Madrid when it´s restored and open.
Or Ferial de Boadilla.

Actually, both tramway stations are the starting points for a green route around the Boadilla forest, which is a pretty well preserved original Mediterranean forest in which the palace is integrated, and it is a good place for biking, jogging or just walking around:


Ruta Verde del Monte de Boadilla

That's a good point of the palace of Boadilla as it preserves on one side of the palace the urban façade where the town is, and on the garden side the original natural environment which is the forest. A really baroque layout at some point.
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I can't wait to see the finished product. Any building in this state should be restored. The gardens aldso have a lot of potential!

My city has a grand Art Nouveau Casino building that is also abandoned. Hopefully it will one day recieve the same treatment as this building.
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Great news! At last! :applause:
So, is the fountain going back to Boadilla? :D
Great news! At last! :applause:
So, is the fountain going back to Boadilla? :D
I don't think so... :lol:

Apparently, they gonna keep the 19th century cast iron fountain... :(
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That's unfortunate... they could build a replica though since it's such an important element of the garden. :)
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That's unfortunate... they could build a replica though since it's such an important element of the garden. :)
We will see what they do in later phases of refurbishment of the garden. Still, the lower level needs to be recuperated. Maybe then... :dunno:
From the drawings, the lower level was probably an orchard. Shouldn't be too hard to restore.
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