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Jardín del Rey de la Real Casa de Moneda

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Jardín del Rey

The King's Garden is a small jewel, located at the west end of the Mint, designed for the personal enjoyment of Philip II. It was a very special place of leisure and disconnection for the kings when they visited the Mint, consisting of a beautiful pavilion for fishing and strolling, with a balcony overlooking the river and a curious gazebo.

After its recovery during the years 2015 and the first months of 2016, it looks with all its splendor this secret garden in the purest Renaissance style. An intimate and very special space aimed at the five senses, with secluded corners that can be accessed from a discreet door for individual use.

It has three fountains, the Tres Caños fountain located where the pond used to irrigate the garden and the orchard used to be; a circular granite fountain in the center of the gazebo and an uncovered pool behind the almost centenary palm tree. 

The Fishing Pavilion and the mural paintings inside have also been restored. These are drawings made for the visit of Isabel II in the mid-nineteenth century (1849). It is a decoration that ennobles the room by reproducing horizontal friezes and columns in the corners along with different motifs such as baskets of fruit and birds.

The original character of the place is preserved. With the sole exception of the Himalayan palms, which were possibly introduced into the garden when it was renovated in 1849, all the species are of European origin and common in 16th century gardens. Lime trees, maples, quinces, lilacs, boxwoods, palms, strawberries, celindas, and so on up to thirty different species that coexist in the garden, forming up to twelve different areas or scenes identified with a name such as: corridor of lime trees, the carpet of fragaria, the room of boxwoods, the fruit grove or room of damascene roses. This is in keeping with the Chinese tradition that "a garden is not considered finished until its various scenes have been given a name".

After the recovery of this historic and unique space, the Garden adds to the natural wealth of the city.

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The access is included in The Mint fare.