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Royal Monastery of El Escorial

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Enjoy a half-day excursion to the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, considered one of the most unique architectures in Europe due to its geometrical severity and the predominance of the horizontal lines. This guided tour includes a tour of the Habsburg Palace, the Kings and Princes Mausoleum, the Chapter House, the Basilica and the Library. At the end of the visit you will have free time to visit the gardens and the Palace of the Borbon family

Highlights

  • The Monastery was declared a World Heritage Site.
  • The Monastery was built as a symbol of the Spanish power in the XVI century that commemorates Spanish victory at the battle of St. Quentin.
  • It has been considered the eighth wonder of the world, and nowadays it is still considered one of the most singular buildings in Europe.

Included

  • Air conditioned motor coach.
  • Bilingual Official guide.
  • Entrance to the Royal Monastery of El Escorial.
  • Individual radioguided system.

Excluded

  • Lunch, beverages or other services not specified above.
  • Hotel Pickup and Drop-off.

Please Note

  • Please keep in mind that the excursion includes several visits on foot, comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • The duration of the tour includes the round trip to the destination.
  • Royal Monastery of El Escorial visitors are kindly requested to respect the instructions of the Security: Photography and filming are not permitted inside the exhibitions.

Essential Information

  • This tour starts from Julià Travel Gray Line Spain office at Calle San Nicolás, nº 15 (corner Plaza Ramales) and ends at Plaza Oriente.
  • Please print your voucher and give it to your guide. E-voucher accepted.
  • Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the tour begins.
  • Julià Travel Gray Line Spain contact: 0034 91 559 9605 / [email protected]
  • Cancellation policy: a 100% cancellation penalty applies if cancelled 24 hours or less prior to travel date or in case of no-show

In this tour we will visit the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, an architectural ensemble declared a World Heritage Site.

The Monastery was built as a symbol of the Spanish power in the XVI century that commemorates Spanish victory at the battle of St. Quentin. Its construction took 21 years and was promoted by the king Philip II because of the necessity to create a monastery to ensure the veneration of the royal Pantheon. This idea was explicitly expressed on Charles V will, who wanted to be buried with his wife, Elisabeth form Portugal, and his new dynasty far away from the usual royal pantheons.

The architectural design was based on the symmetry and the balance according to the humanist Renaissance style. That’s the reason why it has been considered the eighth wonder of the world, and nowadays it is still considered one of the most singular buildings in Europe. The works made in this building by the Spanish architect Juan de Herrera gave place to consider it the paradigm of his architectural style because of its geometrical severity and the predominance of the horizontal lines.

The visit includes the Habsburg Palace, the Kings and Princes Mausoleum, the Chapter House, the Basilica and the library. At the end of the guided tour you will be given free time to visit the gardens and the Palace of the Borbon family. At the fixed time you will meet the bus at the Escorial bus station for the way back to Madrid.

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