Royal Palace of Madrid

The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish royal family at the city of Madrid, although now only used for state ceremonies. The palace contains 3,418 rooms, it is the largest functioning the largest by floor area in Europe. King Felipe VI and the royal family do not reside in the palace, choosing instead the more modest Palace of Zarzuela on the outskirts of Madrid; the palace is owned by the Spanish state and administered by the Patrimonio Nacional, a public agency of the Ministry of the Presidency. The palace is located on Calle de Bailén in the western part of downtown Madrid, east of the Manzanares River, is accessible from the Ópera metro station. Several rooms in the palace are open to the public except during state functions. An admission fee of €13 is required, however some days it is free; the palace is located on the site of a 9th-century Alcázar, near the town of Magerit, constructed as an outpost by Muhammad I of Córdoba and inherited after 1036 by the independent Moorish Taifa of Toledo.

After Madrid fell to King Alfonso VI of Castile in 1083, the edifice was only used by the kings of Castile. In 1329, King Alfonso XI of Castile convened the cortes of Madrid for the first time. King Felipe II moved his court to Madrid in 1561; the old Alcázar was built on the location in the 16th century. After it burned 24 December 1734, King Felipe V ordered a new palace built on the same site. Construction spanned the years 1738 to 1755 and followed a Berniniesque design by Filippo Juvarra and Giovanni Battista Sacchetti in cooperation with Ventura Rodríguez, Francesco Sabatini, Martín Sarmiento. King Carlos III first occupied the new palace in 1764; the last monarch who lived continuously in the palace was King Alfonso XIII, although Manuel Azaña, president of the Second Republic inhabited it, making him the last head of state to do so. During that period the palace was known as "Palacio Nacional". There is still a room next to the Real Capilla, known by the name "Office of Azaña"; the interior of the palace is notable for its wealth of art and the use of many types of fine materials in the construction and the decoration of its rooms.

It includes paintings by artists such as Caravaggio, Juan de Flandes, Francisco de Goya, Velázquez, frescoes by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Corrado Giaquinto, Anton Raphael Mengs. Other collections of great historical and artistic importance preserved in the building include the Royal Armoury of Madrid, watches, furniture and the world's only complete Stradivarius string quintet; the palace was built by Muhammad I, Umayyad Emir of Cordoba, between 860 and 880. After the Moors were driven out of Toledo in the 11th century, the castle retained its defensive function. Henry III of Castile added several towers, his son John II used it as a royal residence. During the War of the Castilian Succession the troops of Joanna la Beltraneja were besieged in the Alcázar, during which the building suffered severe damage; the only drawing of the castle from the Middle Ages is one from 1534 by Cornelius Vermeyen. Emperor Charles V, with the architects Alonso de Covarrubias and Luis de Vega and renovated the castle in 1537.

Philip II continued the renovations, with new additions. Philip III added a long southern facade between 1610 and 1636. Philip V of Bourbon renovated the royal apartments in 1700; the Alcázar of the Habsburgs was austere in comparison to the Palace of Versailles where the new king had spent his childhood. On Christmas Eve 1734, the Alcázar was destroyed by a fire that originated in the rooms of the French painter Jean Ranc. Response to the fire was delayed due to the warning bells being confused with the call to mass. For fear of looting, the doors of the building remained closed. Many works of art were lost, by Diego Velázquez. Others, such as Las Meninas, were rescued by tossing them out the windows. Many pieces were saved because shortly before the blaze the king ordered that much of his collection be moved to the Buen Retiro Palace; this fire lasted four days and destroyed the old Alcázar, whose remaining walls were demolished in 1738. Italian architect Filippo Juvarra oversaw work on the new palace and devised a lavish project of enormous proportions inspired by Bernini's plans for Versailles.

This plan was not realized, due to Juvarra's untimely death in March 1736. His disciple Giambattista Sacchetti known as Juan Bautista Sacchetti or Giovanni Battista Sacchetti, was chosen to continue the work of his mentor. Sacchetti designed the structure to encompass a large square courtyard and resolved sightline problems by creating projecting wings. In 1760, Charles III called upon Sicilian Francesco Sabatini, a Neoclassical architect, to enlarge the building. Sabatini's original idea was to frame the Plaza de la Armería with a series of galleries and arcades, to accommodate various dependencies, by constructing two wings along the square. Only the extension of the southeast tower known as la de San Gil was completed. Sabatini planned to extend the north side with a large wing that echoed the style of the main building and included three square courtyards that would be smaller than the large central courtyard. Work on this expansion started but was soon interrupted, leaving the foundations buried under a pla

Oladimeji Lawal

Mohammed Oladimeji Lawal is a former Nigerian footballer who played as a midfielder for clubs in Nigeria and Belgium. He is a FIFA-licensed players' agent. Lawal moved started his footballing career with Femo Scorpion Football club of Eruwa alongside the likes of Mutiu Adepoju and moved to Spain at age 18 and signed with Real Madrid, would spend two seasons with the B team, one in the Segunda División and one in Segunda División B, he was never promoted to the main squad, returned to Nigeria to play for Shooting Stars F. C.. In 1993, Lawal joined Belgian Second Division side K. V. Kortrijk for one season, he played in the South African Premier Soccer League with Hellenic FC during 1994. Lawal played for Nigeria in the 1987 FIFA U-16 World Championship in Canada and the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship in Saudi Arabia. Lawal made several appearances for the senior Nigeria national football team, he scored on his debut, an 1992 African Nations Cup qualifier against Togo in 1990. His younger brother, Abass Muyiwa, is a footballer.

A midfielder, he has had professional stints in Spain and the United Arab Emirates. Oladimeji Lawal at Oladimeji Lawal at BDFutbol


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