El Escorial

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The Monastery of El Escorial is one of the most important monuments in Spain. Located on the southeast slope of the Sierra de Guadarrama in the municipality of San Lorenzo de El Escorial (in the Community of Madrid), the monastery was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It was built in the sixteenth century (between 1563 and 1584) and became the biggest building in all Europe. The complex includes a royal palace, a basilica, a cemetery, a library and a monastery. The palace was the residence of the Spanish Royal Family, the basilica is the burial place of the kings of Spain and the monastery is currently occupied by monks of the Order of St. Augustine. Also known as the Monastery of San Lorenzo El Real, or simply El Escorial, it was founded by monks of the Order of St. Jerome. The complex was conceived of by King Philip II and his architect Juan Bautista de Toledo; subsequently, other architects joined the project, among which Juan de Herrera, Juan de Minjares, Giovanni Battista Castello, the Bergamasco, and Francisco de Mora stand out. At the end of the sixteenth century the monastery was considered the World's Eighth Wonder because of its size, functional complexity and symbolic value.

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Royal Monastery of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen trip from Madrid
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Royal Monastery of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen trip from Madrid

Enjoy a guided tour from Madrid to the Royal Monastery of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen. Plan your trip and book now.

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Toledo and the Royal Monastery of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen tour from Madrid
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Toledo and the Royal Monastery of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen tour from Madrid

Get all the best information for a full day Toledo and Royal Monastery of El Escorial tour from Madrid and book your tickets, skipping the line, at official rates. Get informed, plan your trip and book tickets and tours of Madrid.

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Escorial and Valley half-day tour from Madrid

Get ready to visit the UNESCO-listed San Lorenzo del Escorial and the monumental Valley of the Fallen on this guided tour from Madrid!

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Escorial Monastery morning tour and Torres Bermejas flamenco show
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Escorial Monastery morning tour and Torres Bermejas flamenco show

Visit El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen accompanied by a tour guide. Enjoy a live flamenco show in the famous Torres Bermejas Tabao on this full-day experience from Madrid.

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Madrid self-guided audio tour
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Madrid self-guided audio tour

Explore Madrid at your own pace! Enjoy an app containing over 130 points of interest, famous transport routes, sightseeing itineraries and walking tours.

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Escorial and Valley of the Fallen half-day tour with entrance tickets
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Escorial and Valley of the Fallen half-day tour with entrance tickets

Marvel at the Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen basilica with an official on this half-day tour with tickets included.

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Reviews El Escorial

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Luisa M, 12 Jan 2023

“Amazing visit! Just needed someExtra time for shopping and walk in the surroundings which we didn't have. Guide was knowledgeable putting everyone on track. Should include the visit to Prado Nuevo, as well.”

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Alexandre, 08 Aug 2022

“Belle excursion et organisation efficace. merci a conseiller”

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Loïc, 20 Jan 2022
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Jean-Michel, 27 Sept 2021
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