El Escorial
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The Monastery of El Escorial tickets and tours

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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Guided Tour
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In this tour we will visit the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, an architectural ensemble declared a World Heritage Site. The Monastery was b...

Duration
5 hours
Available in: English
Guided Tour
$ 55
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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
$ 66
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
$ 78
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Combine 2 half-day tours!In this tour you will visit the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, an architectural ensemble declared a World Heritage...

Duration
10 hours
Available in: English
Guided Tour
$ 117
Day trips & excursions

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
11 hours
Available in: English
$ 89
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Don't miss the opportunity to get to know these three essential attractions on the surroundings of Madrid in just one day!Discover two of th...

Duration
11 hours
Available in: English
$ 98
Attractions & monuments

Combine two half-day tours and save money! This itinerary includes:Royal Monastery of El Escorial (morning): we will start our visit at El E...

Duration
9 hours
Available in: English
$ 118
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
$ 106

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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 of 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 Spanish kings, and the monastery is currently occupied by St. Augustinian monks. 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 designed by King Philip II and his architect Juan Bautista de Toledo. Subsequently, other architects joined the project, among whom include Juan de Herrera, Juan de Minjares, Giovanni Battista Castello, the Bergamasco, and Francisco de Mora. At the end of the sixteenth century, the monastery was considered the eighth wonder of the world because of its size, functional complexity and symbolic value.

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