Real 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, Real 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. Put Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial at the forefront of your travel plans using our San Lorenzo de El Escorial attractions planner.
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  • About a 1 hour relaxing train ride and. 10 minute shuttle bus ride drops you a two minute walk from the entrance, or you can take a pleasant 20-25 minute walk thru the park from the train station. To....  more
    About a 1 hour relaxing train ride and. 10 minute shuttle bus ride drops you a two minute walk from the entrance, or you can take a pleasant 20-25 minute walk thru the park from the train station. To....  more »
  • Huge, and most of it is a bit dull, but the vaults are sensational. The Chapel is good too, as are the gardens and the surrounding area. The town itself is very smart. For some reason photos are not.....  more
    Huge, and most of it is a bit dull, but the vaults are sensational. The Chapel is good too, as are the gardens and the surrounding area. The town itself is very smart. For some reason photos are not.....  more »
  • It was great, it's a pitty this is no close to the city, but guess that was the point! The library si worthy enough to go. 
    It was great, it's a pitty this is no close to the city, but guess that was the point! The library si worthy enough to go.  more »
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  • Philip's instructions to Toledo were simple and clear, directing that the architects should produce "simplicity in the construction, severity in the whole, nobility without arrogance, majesty without ostentation." Brief achieved!
  • a wonderful place i recommend visiting people.there is no photography inside,but it is a world heritage worth seeing and everything is impressive expected of as a magnificent viewer, architectural engineering and respect for the past
  • This place is very beautiful but they don't care about the animals in this pond. There's plastic in it and the fishes are eating it. It's very dirty, at least they could clean the water a little bit.
  • A great spot to visit when in El Escorial! It’s free to walk outside in the gardens. We stopped here on the way down from Silla de Felipe II hike. Close to many restaurants and bars.
  • PROS: impressive heritage | easy free parking | safe & clean city CONS: no free historical places to visit

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