Ryal Alcázar o Madrid
The Ryal Alcázar o Madrid (Spaingie: Real Alcázar de Madrid) wis a fortress located at the site o today's Ryal Pailace o Madrid, Madrid, Spain. The structure was originally built in the second half o the 9t century, then extended an enlarged over the centuries, particularly after 1560. It wis at this time that the fortress was converted into a ryal pailace, an Madrid became the capital o the Spaingie Empire. Despite being a pailace, the great biggin kept its original teetle o Alcázar (Inglis: "fortress").
The first extension to the building wis commissioned bi Keeng Carlos I (Charles V, Haly Roman Emperor) an completit in 1537. Its exterior was constructed bi the architect Juan Gómez de Mora in 1636 on a commission frae King Felipe IV. As famous for its artistic treasures as it is for its unusual architecture, it wis the residence of the Spaingie Ryal Faimlie and home o the Coort, until its destruction bi fire during the reign o [[Keeng Felipe V (the first Bourbon keeng o Spain), on Yuil E'en 1734. Many artistic treasures were lost, including over 500 paintings. Other works, such as Las Meninas bi Velázquez, were saved. Efter the fire wis extinguished, the biggin wis reduced tae rubble. The walls which remained were demolished, due tae the extent o the damage. In 1738, fower years efter the fire, Keeng Felipe V ordered the construction o the current Ryal Pailace o Madrid, which spanned three decades. The new biggin wis used as a residence for the first time in 1764, bi Keeng Carlos III.
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