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48.Monastery of El Escorial, Madrid
The Monastery of El Escorial (in the region of Madrid) is a
pivotal building in the history of Spanish art and politics. It was
conceived in the 16th Century by Felipe II , to commemorate his
victory over the French in the Battle of Saint Quentin , which
consolidated Spanish dominance in Europe. In addition, Felipe's
father, Carlos V , had expressed his desire to have his mortal re-
mains buried in a location different from that of his ancestors.
Thus was conceived a majestic building that would be a royal
palace, a basilica and a monastery. It was the first building built
in Herrerianstyle ,characterized bytheperfectionofitsgeometry
and its great size.
With 33,300 square meters, it's one of the largest palaces in the
world, and also one of the most important buildings of the Renaissance . All the Spanish
monarchs since Carlos V have been buried here.
El Escorial is currently occupied by The Order Of St. Augustine ( English translation ) . In ad-
dition to its architectural and historic significance, it holds several hundred pieces of art and
furniture of incalculable value. There is also a garden and library located on the premises.
Image Credit: The Royal Library of the palace. Image by Oscar Puentes .
When It's Free
Free entrance Monday to Saturday, from 6 PM to 8 PM, and Sundays and festivities from 5
PM to 7 PM
Contact Information
Avda. Juan de Borbón y Battenberg, s/n, 28200, San Lorenzo del Escorial, Madrid
+34 918 90 59 02 ( English Translation )
Neighborhood : El Escorial
Public Transportation: From Madrid, take train line C-3.
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