3. Aranjuez: Mystery and Legends Guided Nighttime Walking Tour
Dive into the dark and mysterious stories behind the construction of the top highlights in the city of Aranjuez on this guided walking tour. Find out about its connection to sacred architecture, occultism, and freemasonry. Admire sights like the Fountain of Apollo and the Stairway of the Statues. Meet your guide at the beginning of the Palace Avenue and listen as your guide explains why the landscape was modified prior to the completion of the royal palace with tree-lined avenues creating geometric figures that were only visible from the sky. Immerse yourself in the city's hidden mythology, secret architecture, and haunted houses as you hear stories about the mutiny of Aranjuez, deaths of queens, conspiracies, alchemy, impalement, maddened kings, secret tunnels, and apparitions. View the other side of the Royal Palace at the Plaza de Parejas and pass thorugh Plaza de la Parada and Plaza de Abastos. Admire the lush Garden of the King and Queen, Garden of the Parterre (French garden), Garden of the Island, and the Garden of the Florist. See fountains that are based on myths like the Fountain of Hercules and the Hydra, the Apollo Fountain, the Clock Fountain, the Diana Fountain, the Venus Fountain, the Boticaria Fountain, the Nereids Fountain, the Ceres Fountain, the Hercules and Antaeus Fountain, and the Thorn Child Fountain. Be transported back in time as you stroll by the Baroque Church of San Antonio, the 18th century House of Trades and Knights, the House of Infantes (Carlos III), the local Market, and the Town Hall. Watch as the stories come to life thorugh images, videos, and well-crafted tales. Uncover the secrets that wise initiates have kept hidden in Aranjuez since the reign of Philip II. Aranjuez. Peel back the layers of this World Heritage Cultural Landscape that was created as a temple of nature based on mathematical principles related to a supreme power dating back to the Egyptians.