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An old quarter which is a Historic-Artistic Site, royal palaces, and gardens on the banks of the Tagus form the layout of Aranjuez. The ideas of the Enlightenment, adapted to the urban development of cities, are embodied here in a balance between nature and man, the watercourses and the design of the gardens, between the woods and the palace architecture. This is why it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001. The Strawberry Train and the festival to commemorate the Revolt of Aranjuez, of National Tourist Interest, are some of the cultural musts awaiting the visitor to this town in the Madrid region.
Royal residence.

This palace and the monuments related to it were begun by Felipe II and finished by Carlos III and therefore there is a large variety of styles. The palace is characterised by white and red that predominate the facade. Originally a recreation estate, reaching its monumental appearance under the reign of Felipe II, although its current look is due to the reform made by Carlos III who added a large parade ground. The palace is Herrera style. The facade is adorned with statues of the three kings that intervened in its construction. Of prime importance for its beauty and mastery is the staircase with a Rococo balustrade, work of Bonavía, and the Porcelain hall whose walls are covered in porcelain.

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