Building Territories and Landscapes: the Royal Site of Aranjuez
Keywords:Spain, Royal Sites, ancient cartography, drawings, 15th-20th Centuries
Lands depending on the Royal Site of Aranjuez have undergone several transformations throughout the last five centuries. Their
particular geographic features together with the traces related to the historic uses in the service of the King’s leisure –but also to
a secular agriculture, livestock and hunting exploitation– were shown in an interesting set of maps, plans, paintings and drawings.
Ancient cartography still permits to locate the main geographic landmarks, and also the constructions built throughout the territories
and the centuries, paying a special attention to the neighboring town and its development. In turn, pictures and drawings depict
some particular performances that were supported by a set of more or less ephemeral buildings and traces. An exhaustive fieldwork
permitted us to check their state of preservation, and to analyze the lasting remains of historic uses and forms.
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