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    Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial

    by Redang Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Built under the reign of King Felipe II between 1.563 and 1.584 for Palace, Monastery and Royal Pantheon use.

    Excellent day trip.

    For the whole information, visit the page on San Lorenzo de El Escorial.

    Apart from the Monastery itself, I recommend to stroll the streets and enjoy the other tips I suggest.

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    The Royal Palace of S. Lorenzo El Escorial.

    by Maurizioago Updated Mar 23, 2007

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    A little piece of the palace.
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    This huge palace and monastery was built by Felipe II between 1563 and 1584 to commemorate the victory over the French at S. Quintin in 1557.

    Besides two churches and various rooms here you can visit the pantheon of the Kings where kings, queens and mothers of monarchs are buried.

    You could go to El Escorial by bus from Madrid. It starts from the Moncloa Transport Terminal. Lines 664 or 661. Tickets are sold into the bus. The journey takes about one hour.

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    El Escorial

    by Nathalie_B Written Jan 8, 2007

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    Going to El Escorial can be a very nice daytrip. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is over 400 years old and was built by order of King Phillip II who made this place royal residence and later cemetery for Spanish monarchs and a monastery. The name Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial was given to the complex after St. Lawrence who, as Philip II believed, helped Spaniards to defeat French in a battle. At some point El Escorial was the largest building in the world , today it consist of 2 museums, basilica, library, monastery, seminary, and a burial ground. The complex is enormous in its size, one day may not be enough to see it all, especially if you want to pay attention to every detail like almost two thousand paintings, numerous statues and fountains, not to mention the library books.
    Besides the historical site, walk around the town inself. I especially appreciated the view on the streets dressed for X-Mas and New Year's celebrations.

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    The Real Monasterio de Lorenzo de El Escorial

    by Paul2001 Written Sep 8, 2003

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    The Real Monasterio de Lorenzo El Escorial

    The El Escorial is probably the most remarkable example of Renaissance architecture in all of Spain. It was begun in 1563 by the architect Juan Baupista de Toledo and completed 21 years later by his assistant Juan de Herrera. The complex was intended by Felippe II to be a mausoleum monastery. However his successors tended to have more eloborate taste and filled the complex with the highest quality of art available at the time. Philip II contributed the most of the collection with the recommendation of Peter Paul Rubens who worked for the Spainish Royal Family during this time. The are magnificent works by Titian, Tintoretto and El Greco throughout the building.
    Today to can visit the lavishly decorated Royal Library and Royal Apartments. There are also the tombs of the Royal Family of Spain that can be visited. Tours throughout the El Escorial are provided however during my visit I simply wandered through a straight foreward do it yourself tour with the help of a map and I managed to see all of the sites of importance.

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  • Escorial Monastary

    by esti28 Written Jul 31, 2003

    Need a car to get there. Not a far drive, about 1/2 hour. On the way there you see Franco's house alone on a mountain. Huge monastery, beautiful architecture, worth the 8 euros to enter. Lots of hiking nearby. We hiked a short climb to get a view of the monastary from above. There is also a golf course nearby. Beautiful!

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    San Lorenzo De El Escorial

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    San Lorenzo De El Escorial

    An excursion to northwest Madrid proved to be enlightening. SAN LORENZO DE EL ESCORIAL is the grey palace of Felipe II. Built between 1563 & 1584 in honor of St. Lawrence, El Escorial was more of a retreat than splendid residence. Here, you'll also find the funerary urns of Spanish monarchs at the Royal Pantheon.

    An impressive Felipe II personal collection of books (about 40000 of them!). Precious manuscripts are also on display in the Library. The museum of art in its interior has Flemish, Spanish & Italian paintings.

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    San Lorenzo de El Escorial, 49...

    by montxito Written Aug 25, 2002

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    San Lorenzo de El Escorial, 49 Km from Madrid by road and 1,000 mts. above sea level, is one of the former royal residences and in this case owes its universal fame to the famous Monastery which was built in there by King Felipe II.
    The renowned Monastery of San Lorenzo el Real gives an overall impression of grandeur and austerity that has never been equaled. Its granite, is the work of Juan Bautista from Toledo and of Juan de Herrera. On the façade of the Basilica, there are the statues of six kings of Judah (Josaphat, Hezequah, David, Solomon, Josiah and Manasseh), which were carried out by the sculptor from Toledo, Juan Bautista Monegro, who also made the main entrance to San Lorenzo.

    Not content with building the 'eighth wonder of the world', the King took over large tracts of land in its surroundings to build the Royal Woods of San Lorenzo, in the clearings of which magnificent buildings were constructed. Afterwards, during the reign of Carlos III, the 'Casita del Príncipe' was built, which is a marvelous casino-cum-museum, as well as the House of the 'Infante', which lies in a splendid place.

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    EL ESCORIAL DE SAN...

    by viajeromaga Written Aug 24, 2002

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    EL ESCORIAL DE SAN LORENZO:

    El Escorial, Royal Palace, 43 Kmts from Madrid was founded in the 16th century by Felipe II of Spain. It incorporates a cathedralesque church, a monastry, a school and a famous library and reflects the deeply pious outlook of its founder.

    The Escorial was constructed bewteen 1563 and 1584. The intention of Felipe II was to built a royal burial place for the monarch of Spain in accordance with the wishes of his father, Emperor Carlos V and to honor a vow he had made to built a church dedicated to St. Lawrence.

    The Palace resembles a fortress. Its architectural forms are based on classical Roman sources. The roayl apartments are relatively modest, since Felipe´s religious convictions led him to live in considerable austerity. The library located in the first floor is rich in early printed books and manuscripts.

    The Escorial was relatively used by Felipe´ s successor, Carlos IV, who disliked its severity. and the Escorial ceased to be a royal residence in 1861.

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    Mausoleum at El Escorial

    by Roadquill Written Aug 2, 2005

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    Body Storage at El Escorial

    Head down into the mausoleum where many of the royalty are stored. Black marble and gold, piled up on one another. It is quite a sight.

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    Alter at El Escorial

    by Roadquill Written Jul 25, 2005

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    Alter

    This would have been worth the trip, just to see the church and alter at El Escorial. We were just wandering through the palace and turned into the Church and our jaws dropped.

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    El Escorial - Interior

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    This ceiling frescoes on the Chapterhouses at the El Escorial depicts monarchs & angels. Hmmmm, interesting!

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