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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  • Surprisingly, the capital of the third country in terms of the number of UNESCO sites does not have them itself. Madrid is too young by Spanish standards. Unfortunately for the city, the...  more »
  • I have had visited Escorial many times and it never ceases to amaze. During lockdown it was very quiet but it meant that you had the place and space to wander. The Basilica though astounding and...  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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