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Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Address: C/Juan de Borbon and Battemberg, s/n, 28200 San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
Phone Number: 34 91 890 5902
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Castles, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Art Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Well worth seeing the fresco's within the monastery ceiling. Also the burial place of the Spanish Monarchy.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

It was 2007 and while in Madrid we booked an excursion to El Escorial and Valle de los Caidos. Left early morning and returned to Downtown Madrid La Gran Via where we had lunch. Trip worth taking. Full of history and saw tombs of Kings and family. Second stop was The Valley of the Fallen where Francisco Franco is buried... More 

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Benissa, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We came to this town to see the Monastery. It was a wet few days in November. We planned a morning visit and booked a guide. it was just the two of us with our guide. I would highly recommend taking the guided tour. It was great to be able to ask questions and have such a personal history of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Telling the truth- a little bit disappointed. Maybe because the weather(January)- gardens just plain.Library and Bourbon wing fantastic,Royal Pantheon great for history buffs.Easy transfer from Madrid-Moncloa bus terminal (€4.20)- 45 min ride (661 or 664).

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This is far from great, not very beautiful and the staff are extremely rude. Refused to give me the student discount even though I provided documentation. Yelled at us for taking our bags in even though we watched others walk in and they didn't say anything to them. Definitely didn't like foreigners visiting here... Also don't like that you can't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015 via mobile

Situated about 50km from Madrid (north west) it is well worth visiting. Still a working monestary and school it is very impressive. The museum is good and so is the basilica. The mausuleum of the Spanish kings and (many) of their children is also there.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This is an impressive, huge, austere, fortress-like building with quite a story. It houses the remains of 5 centuries of Spanish royalty in its vaults, plus a great deal of art, and many things that were a part of their lives whenever they stayed here - particularly Philip II, who had it built. It's also amazing that it was completed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We stopped at El Escorial on the way to Avila which was a wonderful daytrip from Madrid - would highly recommend combining the two. It's only about 45 minutes or less to get to Escorial and yet it feels like an entirely different place. You smell the pines and breathe the fresh mountain air and have a beautiful vantage point... More 

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Munich
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

El Escorial is worth the trek from Madrid. It's breathtaking. And so calming after the bustle of Madrid. Built by Philip II of Spain after defeating the French but not before being defeated in the Armada (the Spainish don't mention the Armada), it's a monastery/cathedral/palace. Highlights are the formal gardens, Philip's quarters where he died, and the collection of paintings.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

If you are in Madrid for a few days and have a morning to spare, this tour is a must. it can be be combined with he Valley of the Fallen. The vaults were amazing.

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