El Escorial
Madrid

El Escorial, best tours and attractions

The Monastery of El Escorial is one of the most important monuments in Spain. Located on the southeast slope of the Sierra de Guadarrama in the munici...

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The Monastery of El Escorial was built under the reign of the powerful King Philip II to be a residence for the Spanish kings. Used as a mon...

Duration
5 hours
Available in: English
£ 56
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Day trips & excursions

The Monastery of El Escorial was built under the reign of the powerful King Philip II as a residence for the Spanish kings. Used also as a m...

Duration
11 hours
Available in: English
£ 51
Day trips & excursions

In this tour we will visit the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, an architectural ensemble declared a World Heritage Site, and the Valley of t...

Duration
5 hours
Available in: English
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£ 61
£ 48.80
Day trips & excursions

This full-day tour of Toledo and the Royal Monastery of El Escorial will be your chance, while visiting Madrid, to get outside of the city f...

Duration
10 hours
Available in: English
£ 100
Segway Tours

The Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, commonly known as El Escorial, is a historical residence of the King of Spain about 45 kilomet...

Duration
7 hours
Available in: English
£ 83
Day trips & excursions

Visit two of the most important monuments located on the outskirts of Madrid.Departing in the afternoon, you’ll be taken to the the Valley o...

Duration
5 hours
Available in: English
£ 54

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The inside story

The Monastery of El Escorial is one of the most important monuments in Spain. Located on the southeast slope of the Sierra de Guadarrama in the municipality of San Lorenzo de El Escorial (in the Community of Madrid), the monastery was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It was built in the sixteenth century (between 1563 and 1584) and became the biggest building in all Europe. The complex includes a royal palace, a basilica, a cemetery, a library and a monastery. The palace was the residence of the Spanish Royal Family, the basilica is the burial place of the kings of Spain and the monastery is currently occupied by monks of the Order of St. Augustine. Also known as the Monastery of San Lorenzo El Real, or simply El Escorial, it was founded by monks of the Order of St. Jerome. The complex was conceived of by King Philip II and his architect Juan Bautista de Toledo; subsequently, other architects joined the project, among which Juan de Herrera, Juan de Minjares, Giovanni Battista Castello, the Bergamasco, and Francisco de Mora stand out. At the end of the sixteenth century the monastery was considered the World's Eighth Wonder because of its size, functional complexity and symbolic value.

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How to get there

El Escorial Av Juan de Borbón y Battemberg, s/n, 28200 San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid Madrid
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