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Visit El Escorial - The Palace of Escorial

El EscorialSpain is well-known for the discovery and conquest of the cruise, the literary heroes like Don Quijote, as well as the famous cuisine that has affected eating habits today around the world.

It is also famous for its famous historic site that has gained UNESCO World Heritage site. One of these sites is the Palace of El Escorial in the Northwest of Spain.

El Escorial

Palacio del Escorial or the Royal Monastery of El Escorial to give it its official name is located in the arid mountains of Guadarrama, about 45 km from Madrid, capital of Spain. It was completed in 1584, was built by order of Philip II. The vast complex that housed a monastery, Royal palaces, museums, schools and tombs for more than 26 King and Queen of Spain since Carlos I, father of Philip II.

Library

To have a better idea about this complex can be divided into five areas. First, there was a library that was built by Charles. A successful King contributed greatly to the collection and now has more than 40,000 manuscripts.

The Basilica is a creation of the red marble, frescoes, statues, and works of Velázquez (fiancé José) and Titian's last supper, all covered with a dome inspired by San Pedro. Rome

The Pantheon

The Pantheon is the burial place of the King. Most of the Kings of Spain are buried here with some exceptions. Recently, in the 19th century, an extension known as the Pantheon of the Princes was added, where the corpses of the sons and daughters of the Kings of Spain are buried. Unless a Pudridero, where the bodies of the King and the Prince left to rot, most of the buildings can be visited by the general public.

Casa Del Rey

The Palace, also known as Casa del Rey, is decorated with wall paintings from the history of Spain. The room where Philip II lived and where he died is also on display.

The Relic

Religion contains a collection of over 7,500 relics of Catholic Saints. This is the largest collection available. They are placed in special reliquaries are placed mostly in the Basilica.

A visit to El Escorial may give visitors a good idea of the grandeur and splendor of the middle ages when kings ruled large plantations and built a magnificent monument to mark their stay on the ground and protect their bodies When they left this life.

The Palace is closed every Monday and all Christian celebrations, as well as January 1 and may 1, and all the holidays in Spain, such as 12 and 6 December.

How to get to El Escorial from Madrid

If you are going to the monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial by train you must go to the Chamartín Station and take the C8A commuter line, this train leaves you at the station of the town of El Escorial and to arrive properly to the Monastery it will take you about fifteen minutes by local bus.

If you go by bus, you must take the buses that depart from the Moncloa interchange to El Escorial.

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