Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial, San Lorenzo de El Escorial

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A historical residence of the King of Spain and monastery built in the 1500s, Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial contains the palace of Philip II, where you can see the king’s study and the bedroom where he died. Take it in first from the outside, as you wander through the Courtyard of Kings and Garden of the Friars. Inside, paintings adorn the Hall of Battles, telling the stories of some of Spain’s most important military victories. Descend into the Pantheon of the Kings to discover the burial site for most Spanish monarchs of the last five centuries. Don’t miss the library’s vaulted ceiling, with frescoes depicting the seven liberal arts. Put Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial at the forefront of your travel plans using our San Lorenzo de El Escorial attractions planner.
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  • I had been here and seen all more than a decade ago, and was slightly hot and hurried this visit. The town is prettier with Spring flowers, and lots of new bars and restaurants with pavement... 
    I had been here and seen all more than a decade ago, and was slightly hot and hurried this visit. The town is prettier with Spring flowers, and lots of new bars and restaurants with pavement...  more »
  • After reading the reviews stating the half day trips didn't' give enough time we caught the train from Sol Station in Madrid (takes 1 hour), got the shuttle bus up the hill and walked back to El... 
    After reading the reviews stating the half day trips didn't' give enough time we caught the train from Sol Station in Madrid (takes 1 hour), got the shuttle bus up the hill and walked back to El...  more »
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  • The tour was nice. The tour guide could speak both English and Spanish for our group that spoke one language or the other. My favorite parts were the royal library and the tomb. They were decorated with gold, but in a tasteful way. Since we were not allowed to take photos, you will just have to take a look for yourself. Just be warned that some days, outside of the monastery the wind is very intense, enough to rip off your glasses intense.
  • Paid 6€ with student reduced price. Totally worth it. Took me around 2 hours to get through the entire site. No photos allowed inside. Favorite part was the magnificent basilica found inside El Escorial. It is very similar to an art museum experience plus the rooms are ornate. The gardens are not particularly special, but they are well kept. Makes for a great day trip from Madrid.

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