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Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

C/Juan de Borbon and Battemberg, s/n, 28200 San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
34 91 890 5902
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Castles, Historic Sites, Museums, Art Museums, Religious Sites
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Swaffham, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I was bowled over by the palace. I didn't expect the domesticity of the rooms, which are less grand and more homely. The elevation makes the place airy and cooler than Madrid. I loved the gardens and the vista beyond, although there was clearly more here than is now apparent. The mausoleums were astonishing, with room upon room of tombs.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
29 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Nice location, about an hour to get to via renfe train from madrid main station, be warned guys trains run around every 45-50 mins really weird timings so get a time table. Grab a cab up the hill when you get their ( only 7 euros ) and will save loads of time too ( avoid the bus ) will... More

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Sacramento, CA
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51 reviews 51 reviews
33 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

I would highly recommend a visit for anyone traveling to Madrid. The grounds are beautiful and well kept and definitely worth seeing first hand. The tour offers rich history, beautiful art, and fascinating exhibits. I really enjoyed my time there!

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Chicago, Illinois
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

"I want to build palace for God and a humble abode for the king", so wrote Felippo II (Phillip II) of Spain. Started in the 1560s and taking nearly 25 years to complete, what he built is one of the most impressive monuments in Europe, It is the mausoleum of most of the Kings and Queens of Spain.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Well worth the entrance fee and takes a good few hours to explore - make sure to wear decent shoes! Basilica is beautiful.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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123 reviews 123 reviews
34 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This castle is wonderful and you can learn a lot of history of Spain. Located in a small village of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, the monastery is not a very ornate palace outside, since its also has worked as a fortress in the past. When you get inside there are information about generations and histories of many kings and... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Majestic backdrop with the Guadarrama mountains and such a wonderful castle. The interior is amazing! Brilliant art work everywhere and a true renaissance construction make this a worthwhile visit. The cemetery beneath the castle is mind blowing and simply unbelievable how eccentric and well decorated all of the tombs and rooms are. The guides are incredibly competent and well read.... More

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Goondiwindi, Australia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This attraction is about 1/12 hrs by train outside Madrid and up in the "hills". It is an amazingly wonderful place full of history and information about the Spanish royals; their place of entombment is inspiring. Their methods of construction of this complex is set out in the exhibitions inside. The maps show the early travels of the Spanish sailors... More

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Granada, Spain
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88 reviews 88 reviews
12 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

It is the scale of the place takes your breathe away. Considering the era it was built the design and layout are impressive. The interior exhibits do not disappoint. My wife and I were fortunate enough to visit whilst an art exhibition titled Bosco to Titan was ongoing with the bonus certain area that are normally closed were accessible to... More

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Forest Grove, Or
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29 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Visited the Valley of the fallen first and then the Monastary. Parking the car was easy a short walk to the Fort (what this really was. Self guided tour with audio guide was complete and enjoyable. Snack bar for a rest during your tour. Plenty of places nearby for a lunch after. Not too crowdd in spite of 4 or... More

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