Photo by IgnisFatuus
Whether seen from afar or up close, the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial makes its royal connotations immediately obvious. The ideally symmetrical square, with four towers marking its corners, is home to a monastery, two palaces and a library that boasts as many as 40,000 volumes founded by Philip II. Built as a summer retreat that could serve all the functions of state and church, the complex is fascinating in its completeness and staggering in its wealth. One of Europe's finest tapestry collection, the tombs of Spanish monarchs, as well as magnificent works by Spanish and Italian masters are among the numerous highlights of the royal residenceAVARAGE RATINGAddress: C/Juan de Borbon and Battemberg, s/n, Madrid, 28200, Spain
Tel: 34 91 890 5902
Lauren Sep 23, 2009 11:08 PM
I love El Escorial. I was here in January when it was foggy and rainy but it was gorgeous to see the rain and fog on the hills around the palace. The room with the cattacombs is incredible and gold plated.
bLaH Mar 21, 2010 10:04 PM
this was stupid
Ana Apr 20, 2010 1:26 PM
Interesting place to visit but very cold in winter months!