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Monasterio y Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial
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El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen from Madrid
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El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Half-Day Tour from Madrid
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
London, United Kingdom
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“Definitely worth a visit”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

A very impressive monastery/ palace: lots of stupendous paintings, Titians among others. Do not miss the basilica where Titian s st. Lorenzo altarpiece is to be found and the Library.

Visited May 2013
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“Stunning monastery and royal palace. Less touristy. Worth the short bus ride.”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

El Escorial is a less touristy sightseeing destination perhaps because it requires a bus ride of about 30-45 from the center of Madrid. It served as a monastery and royal palace. It's rich and history and is very well preserved. You'll learn about the history of the royal family, see the rooms in which they slept, worked, etc., as well as paintings, tapestries and a wealth of other works of art. It's also the burial site of Spanish kings over the last five centuries. It's located in the town of San Lorenzo which is quite charming and has a number of restaurants. You should have a walk around and have a bite to eat while you're there. If you have more than a weekend in Madrid, definitely take the trip to El Escorial.

Visited April 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Escorial - 500+ years of history in a building”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

First a bit of context.

The Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial is an historical residence of the King of Spain, in the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, about 45 kilometres (28 mi) northwest of the capital, Madrid, in Spain. It is one of the Spanish royal sites and functions as a monastery, royal palace, museum, and school. It is also known shorthand as El Escorial or the Escorial.

This is another beautiful structure, a short train ride from Madrid that you should visit if you have the time.

The palace - they call it monastery - also is a mausoleum with kings and their kin buried here. It has been the burial site for most of the Spanish kings of the last five centuries, Bourbons as well as Habsburgs.

It is awe inspiring when you troop from one room to another and see all these kings and queens lying buried with their grand titles.

The location is also very austere with the mountains forming a backdrop to the magnificient structure. Recommended.

Many cafes, shops nearby where you could quickly grab a bite and find your way back to MAdrid.

Visited August 2012
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“A lot of Spanish history in a magnificent building.”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

Impressive building; it is a monastery, a palace, a royal pantheon, a museum and a big lesson in Spanish history. Hard to visit for old people or with walking difficulties, due to the amount of steps and the lack of seating facilities (except in the church).

Visited April 2013
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Fenton, Michigan
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“Exceeding expectations”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

The monastery at el Escorial in the beautiful foothills of the mountains 30 miles NW of Madrid is Amazing..,this should definitely be on your Must See list of you are planning a trip to Madrid...from the art work, to the history of King Phillip II, the tombs of kings, queens and families, basilica & the library with amazing works of priceless value...INCREDIBLE

Visited April 2013
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