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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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  • After reading some of the poor reviews was hesitant to visit, but so glad we did!! My husband/I were on our first trip to Madrid and hired driver/private guide to go first to Segovia than El... 
    After reading some of the poor reviews was hesitant to visit, but so glad we did!! My husband/I were on our first trip to Madrid and hired driver/private guide to go first to Segovia than El...  more »
  • The historical home of the Habsburg dynasty, it took over twenty years to build. The walking tour is two hours of jaw-draping slender from the 15th Century. From the fresco'd walls to the Titians... 
    The historical home of the Habsburg dynasty, it took over twenty years to build. The walking tour is two hours of jaw-draping slender from the 15th Century. From the fresco'd walls to the Titians...  more »
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  • 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.
  • I did this in two stages. I walked around the village the night before as well as the outside while it is quieter. It is worth getting a guided tour as there is so much to see and it is easy to miss out whole sections. There are no photos allowed on the inside but plenty of illustrated books are available. Be prepared to spend at least three hours here and consider a trip to the controversial valley of the fallen just 20 minutes away while you are in the area.

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