El Escorial was founded in the 16th century by Philip II of Spain. It incorporates a church, a monastery, a school, and a famous library, and reflects the deeply pious outlook of its founder. The vast complex, said to contain 160 km of corridors, was constructed between 1563 and 1584. Philip's intention was to build a royal burial place for the monarchs of Spain in accordance with the wishes of his father, Emperor Charles V. What impressed me most about the El Escorial was the royal burial crypt. The burial vaults of previous Spanish monarchs, including Charles V and Philip II, are stacked in layers one on top of another.
El Escorial is a poblation situated 50 kilometres from Madrid capital, in the north west of this comunity. Is one of the most famous and visitated places cause here Felipe II ( a past Spanish King) built the Monastery of the Escorial. The constructor was Herrera and is was made in Renacentist times ( in the sixteen century).
The weather in the Escorial used to be colder than Madrid because the mountain but in summer is fantastic cause you can wear perfectly a T-shirt but you´re not cold neighter hot.
Evenings here are also pretty and you can see how the sun is dissapearing meanwhile you´re having someting in some of the locals which are distributed by the elegants and frugal streets.
In the photo you can see one of my alumns with the other teacher. It was taken in the ´Silla de Felipe II´place after an accident: Christian (the alumn) was playing football when he crashed with an adversary and falled into the grass. He couldn´t move so we phoned to the medical service, when they arrived he was so bad that they called to a helicopter. After three hours they apreciated the crash wasn´t so terrible and Christian started walking.
Finally, as all have passed dramatic moments medical service offer us to make a photo and we said, thanks!!
All an experience for a young teacher like me.
You can go inside and see the rooms (it was about to close when we arrived so we didnt whent inside) and you can walk trough the gardens (open late) and watch the great view, the arquitecture, and some other great things this place has to offer...
Watch my travelogue to see some pictures... As I didnt whent inside, I cant talk about it, but outside is great!
I THINK it is its name... My memory is worst than a tefal pan... But it is next to the monastery (palace), it´s huge, it´s kind of cool... And probably, you will get lost and tired!... (MUAJAJAJA)
It was Philip II who decided to build it, both for royal and religious purposes. So it has the monastery, a palace, a very interesting library, and the royal crypt amosg others.
A splendid hall with shelves designed by Herrera to harmonize with the architecture, and frescos by Tibaldi and his assistants, showing the seven Liberal Arts.
A staircase leads down to the Panteon Real where is the final resting place of all Spanish monarchs since Carlos V.
Vestibulo of the Basilica is right in front of Patio de los Reyers. The Patio is named after the six statues of the kings of Israel on the facade of the basilica.