Monasterio y Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial, San Lorenzo de El Escorial

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A historical residence of the King of Spain and monastery built in the 1500s, Monasterio y Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial contains the palace of Philip II, where you can see the king’s study and the bedroom where he died. Take it in first from the outside, as you wander through the Courtyard of Kings and Garden of the Friars. Inside, paintings adorn the Hall of Battles, telling the stories of some of Spain’s most important military victories. Descend into the Pantheon of the Kings to discover the burial site for most Spanish monarchs of the last five centuries. Don’t miss the library’s vaulted ceiling, with frescoes depicting the seven liberal arts. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Monasterio y Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial by using our San Lorenzo de El Escorial family vacation planner.
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  • This is the great palace built at the height of Spain's power with the wealth of her conquests in the Americas. It's a bit stark in overall, although suitably baroque in places, built more as an impos...  more »
  • We booked with Julia travel, the trip to Escorial was very educational! The guide was knowledgeable. The Valley of the Fallen was also educational. Appreciate our guide, you will learn a lot with a go...  more »
  • The view on the site is the most stunning, you can see it for kilometres away. Unfortunately the access is not so easy, it is poorly indicated. To make things worth, the day of our visit there was a b...  more »
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  • I loved this place it's a work of art. Fresco work is so realistic I was wowed and trust me I travel and lot and except Rome I have never been impressed, so u have to c this place. Ticket cost u only 5€ per person. It's a bit out city but worth the drive. Another draw back they don't let u take pictures
  • Having planned a half day trip to San Lorenzo was actually one of the best days I've had in Madrid!! I recommend to take a 1h bus ride from Moncloa, it stops very close to Monastery unlike a train... The complex is truly beautiful, it worth lending an audio guide. I spent approximately 2h there. After monastery you can spend some time in well maintained gardens... Who is not in hurry to take a bus again to get back to Madrid center probably a nice walk through Prince's Gardens will take you close to lovely royal pavilion Casita del Principe. From there it's just few steps to train. I truly enjoyed this trip!!!
  • It's very large, but it's also kinda just stone corridor after stone corridor interspersed with some nice paintings and a pretty library and nice frescoes. Also, they make absolutely no mention of the Inquisition despite this being the headquarters of it. That's pretty dishonest in my opinion. Overall, see it if you're in the area, but don't go out if your way to see it if you're not.
  • Wonderful place. I recommend to get the guided tour and go there early and enjoy the rest of the day in the town. The tour is about 2 hours, fantastic! 10€ the entrance + 4€ for the guided tour.
  • A historic site where Phillip II made world changing decisions. It was an easy trip by bus from Madrid, around €12 for the round trip. It would have been better with a guide (so much stuff inside) but I was jammed for time. Per local rules, no pictures inside (big bummer but I obliged)

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