Palacio de Liria, Madrid

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The Liria Palace is a neoclassical palace in Madrid, Spain. It is the Madrid residence of the Dukes of Alba.
Built around 1770 to a design by the architect Ventura Rodríguez, it was commissioned by James Fitz-James Stuart, 3rd Duke of Berwick, who was also the 3rd Duke of Liria (hence the name of the palace). In the early 19th century it passed to the inheritance of the House of Alba. Eugénie de Montijo, last empress consort of the French, died here in exile in 1920.
All but the facades were destroyed during the Spanish Civil War. It was subsequently rebuilt by Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart, 17th Duke of Alba and his daughter Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba who was head of the House of Alba from 1955 to 2014. The British architect Edwin Lutyens provided some designs for the interior, and the reconstruction, although it took place after his death, used his plans.
Although the 18th Duchess of Alba's official residence was the Liria Palace, in later life she preferred the Palacio de las Dueñas in Seville where she died. Her son and heir Carlos Fitz-James Stuart, 14th Duke of Huéscar resided at the Liria Palace.
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  • It's a blast, the works of art that houses this palace. Highlight the library. It is a pass to have in front of you, the last testament of Fernando El Católico, letters of Cristobal Colón, etc. It is a visit very well explained by the audio-guide, and they help a lot the guides that accompany the group. In contrast, wheelchair access from the entrance through the garden to the palace is a bit expensive, because it is a path of pebbles. And one detail that should be taken into account, is who is in charge of the wasap. Two days before the visit, I wanted to make sure how the access was and if the palace had an elevator. I put it very black, telling me that there were unevenness of 3 or 4 steps to access with chair (lie) and that the palace did not have an elevator (lie) since a very friendly guide accompanied me to the elevator to go up and down from the 1st floor
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  • They have an impressive collection of the best Spanish and Flemish painters. Also sculptures and tapestries. Tickets must be purchased well in advance, about 3 months in advance, as they are visits by groups of 22 people and the duration is 1 hour. The place has a lot of interest so there are a lot of people already pointed out. It's worth 15 euros a ticket. The visit is with audioguia and with 3 guides that point out the works that the audioguide speaks of. You can't carry a cell phone or a camera inside, so it's stored in a locker. There is a shop to buy various souvenirs at the end of the visit.
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  • What a glorious and beautiful palace...steeped into history and arts artifacts. The library is beautiful as well!
  • A little private museum. Full of art and pictures. Difficult to visit, wait is over 2 years
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