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Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial



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Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial


Contact details

Avda. Don Juan de Borbón y Battemberg, s/n.
28200  San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid  (Madrid)



Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial


Timetables

From Apr 01 to Sep 30
 Tuesday to Sunday
 10:00 to 20:00

Closing days: Monday

From Oct 01 to Mar 31
 Tuesday to Sunday
 10:00 to 18:00

Closing days: Monday

Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial


Prices

General: €10
Reduced: €5

Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial


Description

You will be amazed by its large size, with its 15 cloisters, 13 oratories, 88 fountains, 86 staircases, more than 1,600 paintings, 9 towers and 73 sculptures. The way in which it was built by Juan de Herrera gave rise to a new type of building called Herrerian architecture. King Philip II commissioned it to be built as a family vault. The royal vault is located under the royal chapel, with the remains of the kings and queens from the Habsburg and Bourbon dynasties. Behind the Main Altar we find the Palace of the Austrians, with its Hall of Battles full of frescoes of some battles won by the Spanish Crown. There is an art gallery in its basement with works by painters such as El Greco, Zurbarán, Ribera, Tintoretto and Tiziano. Don't miss its Library, where you will find a copy of the famous “Cántigas de Santa María” (Poems for Saint Mary) commissioned by Alfonso X ”El Sabio” (The Wise). It has been declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.

Construction:
Monastery

Artistic period:
Renaissance

Historic period:
16th century

  • World Heritage certification
  • National Heritage certification