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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  • Some of the monuments must see in the community of Madrid. It impresses the size of this building, its gardens and views. These Kings knew to live well. That Yes, yes like park opposite the monastery you touches pay zone blue and those prices are shameful. That I didn't like anything.
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  • The perfect combination of its proportions requires, to savour it better, the perfect sobriety of the building. Visit imprencindible if you are in the community of Madrid.
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  • The site is moving! World Heritage site! 50 kms from Madrid is an imposing architectural complex in honor of Carlos V, ordered its construction by Felipe II. The monastery, Palace, basilica, Pantheon where the biggest lies buried part of royalty, library. It is a jewel of architecture! They are guided tours or audio guides in all languages. Can be reached by all means of transport bus, train or car. It is important to advance booking. Unforgettable experience!
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  • 1 hour bus ride from Madrid. Spend 3-4 hrs here then return back to Madrid on bus. Be sure to get the $3 audio tour. Well worth it. Interesting that the Spaniards don't talk about the Spanish Inquisition much. Never mentioned it here, although this was where it was headquartered. Found out later that the Inquisition & civil war is NOT something Spain is proud of...hence the silence. Understandable. Site is rich in history. Nice people. Great country!
  • This is the royal palace to end all royal palaces. Gigantic proportions. Beautiful furnishings, painting and tapestries. A crypt that houses most of the royalty of the 1500’s and a stunning French garden. Plan on spending at least half a day. The associated village is charming and a great place to find a good tapas lunch.
  • El Escorial mirrors the glory of Spain as an Empire in 16 th century under Felipe ll. Beautiful, historic, simple yet magnificent. This is my third visit in last 8 months. Best times to visit are Days before Christmas, January 5 and 6 th and August 12 - 14 when the feast of San Lorenso is celebrated. Given its just 30 to 40 minutes drive from Madrid, people this is my choice of retreat after a hard day
  • Eskoriál Monastery (1574.) - Monastery was the palace and the residence of King Philip II of Spain an hour's drive from Madrid. In the crypt of the church lie the remains of all the kings of Spain, starting with Charles V
  • Beautiful architecture, art and more. Worth checking out without a doubt if you find yourself spending a nice afternoon in San Lorenzo de El Escorial.