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Monasterio y Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial

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Address: Avenida Juan de Borbon y Battenberg s/n, 28200 San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
Phone Number: +34 918 90 59 02
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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One of the most evocative places I've visited. Full of history, you feel at times that Charles or Felipe are going to be there just round the corner. Was most impressed with the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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wirral.uk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of the most evocative places I've visited. Full of history, you feel at times that Charles or Felipe are going to be there just round the corner. Was most impressed with the Hapsburg Pantheon. Transport from Madrid is easy, did not go on one of the guided tours from Madrid but caught the bus so went around at my... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Most interesting cathedral one hour out of Madrid. The best way is by public bus(664). Very interesting in which you learn lots about the history of Spain.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On our recent visit to Spain, we took a tour from Madrid to the Monasterio y Sitio de San Lorenzo del Escorial. After a short walk from the bus station, we were greeted by the imposing façade of the monastery. We went in through the courtyard and our group was divided into Spanish and English speaking groups. I went with... More 

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Beverly Hills, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A true architectural gem, worthy of 2 of the most respected royal dynasties in Europe this monastery with its beautifully decorated interiors, the church and library are certainly worth any history and art lover visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's an imposing building with a magnificent interior. I loved the tapestries in the Bourbon part. And the Pantheon with the Spanish kings and queens is so impressive. I had no idea that Spanish royal family lived there. Also the paintings by el Greco were breathtaking.

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Chorzow, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For this reason I had to come here again and it was absolutely worth. The complex is enormous. The monastery, royal apartments, paintings, gardens - 3 hours is absolute minimum, we stayed 3,5 only because we were limited by further journey distance. Go first to the inside museum and after that relax in the gardens and contemplate the beaitiful interiors... More 

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Irvine, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent 4 hours touring this place, very elaborate and interesting. Beautiful basilica, unfortunately no photography in this place. Also be prepared to walk up and down many stairs. Many areas were not accessible that day.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a really big monastery, and you can walk through only a part of it, however you´ll see things that aren´t common o see, such as the coffins of some of the monarchy in Spain. The place is somewhat dark, but it´s incredibly unique and a must see on this lovely town

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Motril, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

El Monasterio y el sitio de San Lorenzo is a place to visit also with lots of history. The only thing not to forget don't go on a Monday because in Spain all museums and historic places where there is a visit to do inside, are closed. We should have known better but it was so in our planning, couldn't... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a pleasant Sunday afternoon at this monastery. Its the final resting place for The Spanish Royalty. The main church is easily the most beautiful of all the churches that I have seen.

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