Fodor's Expert Review El Escorial

San Lorenzo de El Escorial Castle/Palace Fodor's Choice
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Spain's most visited landmarks, the imposing Monastery and Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial (or just El Escorial) was commissioned by Felipe II after the death of his father in the 1500s and remains the most complete and impressive monument of the later Renaissance in Spain. The monastery was built as an eternal memorial for his relatives and the crypt here is the resting place of the majority of Spain's kings, from Charles V to Alfonso XIII. A veritable labyrinth of gilded halls, hand-painted chambers, and manicured French gardens, this gargantuan royal residence houses an important collection of paintings by Renaissance and baroque artists donated by the crown, among its many artistic treasures. It’s worth paying the €12 entry fee to see the library alone, whose vibrant frescoes and leather-bound tomes spur the imagination. Combine your El Escorial visit with a trip to the El Valle de los Caidos, or the Valley of the Fallen. Here, you'll... READ MORE
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Spain's most visited landmarks, the imposing Monastery and Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial (or just El Escorial) was commissioned by Felipe II after the death of his father in the 1500s and remains the most complete and impressive monument of the later Renaissance in Spain. The monastery was built as an eternal memorial for his relatives and the crypt here is the resting place of the majority of Spain's kings, from Charles V to Alfonso XIII. A veritable labyrinth of gilded halls, hand-painted chambers, and manicured French gardens, this gargantuan royal residence houses an important collection of paintings by Renaissance and baroque artists donated by the crown, among its many artistic treasures. It’s worth paying the €12 entry fee to see the library alone, whose vibrant frescoes and leather-bound tomes spur the imagination. Combine your El Escorial visit with a trip to the El Valle de los Caidos, or the Valley of the Fallen. Here, you'll find final resting place of General Franco. READ LESS
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Plaza de España, 1
San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid  28280, Spain

91-890–5903

el-escorial.com

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Rate Includes: €12, Closed Mon.

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