Puerta de Alcalá Madrid

Architects of Madrid: Francesco Sabatini

The arrival of Felipe V to the Spanish crown involved the incorporation of foreign artists and architects, especially French and Italian, who would end up building some of the most representative works in Madrid. His son Carlos III, who lived in Italy since the age of 15 and was king of Naples and Sicily, returns to Spain after the death of his half brother Fernando VI to replace him on the Spanish throne. When he returned, several collaborators accompanied him, such as Francesco Sabatini, who would lead a new generation of architects at the service of the crown.

This palace was one of the most important residences of the XNUMXth century and housed its owner's huge art collection: Goya's pestles adorned the main office until they were transferred to the Prado Museum. After serving as the residence of General Murat during the War of Independence and passing into the hands of the State, it is the current headquarters of the Center for Political and Constitutional Studies.