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Review of Monasterio y Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Monasterio y Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial
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El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Tour from Madrid with Optional Toledo or...
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Long Island, New York
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“Dress warmly!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2014

We took the bus from Madrid. ( the Rick Steve's book has excellent info). It's a quick 10 minute stroll to El Escorial.

The building is massive, and rather austere on the outside. Parts of the interior, also, are rather austere. It was fascinating to see how the royal family of Phillip lived here.

While we were in the chapel, an organist started playing, however it was too cold for us to enjoy it. Although it was about 80 degrees outside in the sun, we were actually shivering in the chapel; it could not have been more Han 45 degrees. Dress in layers!

Afterward, we stopped in town for some cervesas, and some very nice food, very reasonably priced. A mice half day trip from Madrid.

Visited May 2014
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Northport, Alabama
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“Don't Miss El Escorial”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

This is a city built around an impressive monastery and palace built by an early Spanish King. Go to the hillside nearby and see the site as the king and queen did during its construction hundreds of years ago. The city is filled with outstanding restaurants to relax and eat after visiting the monastery. Some with sidewalk seating. This is about an hour outside Madrid but there are bus tours if you do not have availability of a car.

Visited June 2013
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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“Site is a must see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014

We visited this site during our stay in Madrid. Seeing it gives one a glimpse of Spanish power and the extraordinary empire. The library and mausoleum are very interesting as is the chapel. Phillip II's reign represents the peak of Spanish power, and you can get a sense of it here. It also gives you the meaning of the combined authority of church and state in Spain. We took a city bus from Madrid to get here, ate lunch in El Escorial, and took the same bus back. Fantastic day trip.

Visited April 2014
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Denville, New Jersey
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“Amazing! This is a MUST SEE!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

We took a tour using the on site guides to see the major highlights of El Escorial. Our guide was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. By taking this tour, we had access to addition rooms in the palace that are not open to the public. It's an amazing structure that has clearly withstood the time and elements very well. We specifically went to see the mausaleum where every king and queen are buried in one room and many other royals are also entombed in adjacent rooms. We then walked around more after the 90 minute tour. Also check out the church where there is a Cellini sculpture that is beautiful.

We took the bus from the Moncloa Station directly to the town and had a short walk to the Monastery.

Visited March 2014
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Perth, Australia
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“Truly Amazing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

Great tour with Julia Travel. They went through the monastery and saw amazing rooms and learnt of king phillip 2nd as he was master of Europe at the time.Highly recommend it.

Visited April 2014
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