.:. Welcome to Aranjuez !!

ECSA 2007 will take place in Aranjuez, Madrid. Famous by its Royal Palace and its vast Gardens, (World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001) Aranjuez shows one of the most magic landscape of Autonomous Community of Madrid. The Aranjuez area offers a wide variety of interesting historical places combined with an excellent weather. Aranjuez is connected to Madrid both by train (30 minutes only) and bus (45 minutes).

Aranjuez is a town on the banks of the River Tajo, to the south of Madrid. Its magnificent natural surroundings, in the middle of the valley, were chosen by King Fernando VI to build the Royal Palace.

Aranjuez's Royal Palace

The original project was the work of Juan de Herrera, but it was finally completed by Santiago Bonavia, on the orders of King Fernando VI. It is a good example of a baroque stye palace. Francisco Sabatini, on the orders of King Carlos III, incorporated two lateral wings into the original building. A majestic staircase leds a series of rooms which show off the most exquisite qualities of 18th century art.


(photo by Angel Serrano and distributed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike Licence)

Nuncio's Palace

The conference will be held in the Palacio del Nuncio (Nuncio's Palace), a comfortable place located in the historical city center.

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Aranjuez Gardens

The fascinating layout of the gardens is the result of two centuries work in search geometric perfection combined with a great variety of botanical species. Every season of the year offers the visitor an interminable palette of colours. Pools, fountains, loggias, pavilions and statues make up an extraordinary artistic image. The series of gardens are in turn composed of numerous sections, a feature being the Prince´s Garden with its great variety of trees, many of them brought from América by King Carlos IV. The Island Gardens, bordered by the Tajo has an immense wooded area, extensive avenues and stone and marble fountains dedicated to mythological characters. The Flower Bed Garden precedes the Palace and is the scene of the monumental Hercules Fountain

The Island Garden Avenue
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Labrador House

Small neoclassic style palace, buitl by Isidro González Velázquez on the orders of King Carlos IV and María Luisa of Parma. Amongst its different rooms mention should be made of the Platinum Room, a room for the Wueen's private use decorated with fine wood incrusted with gld and platinum.

Tradesmen and Gentlemen's House/House of Infantes

Its function was to give lodging to servants and visitors to the Courts. They are on the edge of San Antonio square, reached throught a series of pretty arcades.

Seaman's House.

Located in the Princes's Garden grounds. It was used as accommodation for seamen belonging to the Tajo Squadron. It is currently the homve of the Museum de Falúas (launches), the barges which sailed along the river.

San Carlos and San Pascual Convent.

The hospital was an initiative of King Carlos II in order to provide medical attention for palace servants. It currently houses different municipal offices and receives funds for the Aranjuez Historical Archive. The Covent of San Pascual is located opposite the hospital and was built by Francisco Sabatini. A feature of its neo-classical facade, terminating in two towers, is the set of columns and pilasters and the fronton which crowns the building.

Alpajes Church

This is the oldest church in the Royal Seat. The most significant item in the building is the superb window which shows Carlos III's coat of arms and fleece.

Other Places

Archs of the Couples' Square

(photo by Angel Serrano and distributed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike Licence)
Mariblanca's Fountain

 

Aranjuez Tourist Information Office:

San Antonio Square, 9
Tel: +34 91 891 0427
28300 Aranjuez

 

Aranjuez's map

 

Additional information in Spanish:

Mayor's Office of Aranjuez: http://www.aranjuez.es/sql/default.asp
Royal Site of Aranjuez: http://www.patrimonionacional.es/aranj/aranjuez.htm
 
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