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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  • An exceptional monastery that looks like a fortress and it also has a palace and a cathedral. Built by the Spanish Catholic monarchs as one of the four royal cities. The visit takes about 2-3 hours...  more »
  • A really great option for a daytrip from Madrid which can be done so easily with public transport. Busses are running often from the station Moncloa to El Escorial, they take about 40 minutes and I...  more »
  • 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

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