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Spanish army
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Spanish army

Ejército de Tierra

Buenavista Palace

Honour Stairs

Vista de la escalera

Stairs view



The principal entrance to the palace is throughtout the honor stair built by the Spanish Army in 1816, when it took possession of the building for the first time.

With just a single shot and two intermediate breaks, its doorsteps are formed with just one piece made of granite, as well as the four impressive Tuscan columns that can be found as we go up. The balustrade made of grey jasper is, without any doubt, one of the most distinguished elements in this stair. Over the pedestals situated at the beginning of the stair, there are two candelabras made of golden bronze from the 1882. This was the year when the electricity was installed in the palace, becoming one of the first public buildings in Madrid with this privilege.

The end of the stair, concluded with two pedestals each of them carrying bronze vases melted at Real Maestranza de Artillería in Seville in 1880, gives us access to the hall.

The front of the stair is decorated with an excellent tapestry from the 17th Century called "Victoria de Tito", belonging to Tito and Vespasiano's series from the Museo Nacional del Prado's fund. In one of its corners we can enjoy the magnificent "Gran Capitán" bust made of bluing bronze over an original Amutio's sculpture (Army museum). In both sides and over each Empire style tables, we find two French clocks from the 19th Century, belonging to the palace's collection that possesses 87 more clocks of different styles and origins.

The walls of the corridor, covered with marble, are decorated with lonic columns.

Over the stair, we can see a laurel crown surounded by names that correspond to the battles fought by the Spanish Army along its history, a tribute to all who gave their lifes.