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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
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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We took the train from Madrid atocha train station: 8.50 eur for a return ticket You have to buy your ticket on the same day of your trip, I went to the station the day before and... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We took the train from Madrid atocha train station: 8.50 eur for a return ticket You have to buy your ticket on the same day of your trip, I went to the station the day before and the grumpy lady told me I have to buy it the day of my trip The website refes give you the time table(... More 

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Toms River, New Jersey
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

You take the train from Madrid to get there. Once in town take the bus up to the monastery. In the way back you can walk because is downhill and it's easy. The monastery is huge and beautiful. Great artwork and cripts where you can see the tombs of many Spanish kings. I wasn't impressed by the gardens, maybe wrong... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

(1a) The Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Spanish: Monasterio y Sitio de El Escorial en Madrid), commonly known as "El Escorial" is a historical residence of the King of Spain, in the town of San Lorenzo de Escorial) about 45 km (28 miles) NW of Madrid. (Note: The railway info does not refer to San Lorenzo, but... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

On my recent trip to Spain we saw the famed Alhambra palace and the cathedrals of southern Spain, yet nothing in my opinion measured up to the wow of this monastery. This was a royal retreat, which housed the Austrian and Bourbon royalty during Spain's golden age. The tombs of royalty are beyond impressive, as are the extensive murals and... More 

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Alicante, Spain
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Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

I seem to be using wow a lot on this trip but these places leave you open mouthed! Unfortunately you can't take pictures inside and there are many stairs and if you are the slightest disabled it's a difficult day. Well worth a visit! The ceiling in the great hall is reminiscent of Italy, perhaps not quite as good, but... More 

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Friday Harbor, Washington
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Took the train out and back from Madrid; we probably spent 3+ hrs and could have spent more but we got hungry and thirsty. Don't miss the library!

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

My husband and I went to Madrid to visit my parents and we planned to get away for a day. San Lorenzo de El Escorial seemed like the perfect place for a typical sunny day and it did not disappoint us. It is a stunning monastery/palace of incredible historical, cultural and architectural value. It is the ideal day out if... More 

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Naples, Italy
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Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

I have been to Madrid on several occasions but have not had the time to venture out to this place and the Valley Of The Fallen (General Franco's mausoleum) which is nearby. I must admit that this is one of the best excursions I have done in a long time. It is only about 45 kms away and the area... More 

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NEWPORT, UK
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Reviewed 29 March 2017

this is an impressive piece of architecture with many aspects to it. the guide signs for the tour were totally misleading and we probably walked 2km more than needed. Multiple entrances were confusing as was the fact that access to the church in the centre of the complex ( the basilica) was free... even now we really do not know... More 

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Kenmore, Washington
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Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

If you have to choose one church or palace to visit outside of Madrid then go here. Get a good guide. The artworks, the basilica, the gardens and the palatial rooms are very breathtaking. Don't miss the tombs. Wow.

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