So by the beginning of the 20th century the Palace was surrounded on three sides by a colorful landscape - the Moorish Gardens (Campo del Moro) from the west, the gardens of Plaza de Oriente from the east, and the majestic Almudena Cathedral from the south. And only northern wing continued to be framed by the buildings of the royal mews.
In 1933 clearing of the mews was begun, and then was launched the project of erecting the gardens, which were only completed in the late 1970s. They honor the name of Francesco Sabatini - Italian architect of the 18th century who designed the most works of the palace.
The gardens (opened to the public by King Juan Carlos I in 1978) have a formal Neoclassic style, consisting of well-sheared hedges in symmetrical shape, adorned with a pool, statues and fountains, with trees also in a symmetrical geometrical patterns. The statues are those of Spanish kings which were originally lined up in the adjacent palace. The garden’s tranquil array is a peaceful corner from which we enjoy the views of the palace.