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The Monastery of El Escorial tickets and tours

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 munici...

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

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5 hours
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Depart Madrid by a comfortable, air-conditioned bus and journey to the historical residence of the Kings of Spain at the monumental El Escor...

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7 hours
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The Monastery of El Escorial was built under the reign of the powerful King Philip II to be a residence for the Spanish kings. Used as a mon...

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5 hours
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The Monastery of El Escorial was built under the reign of the powerful King Philip II as a residence for the Spanish kings. Used also as a m...

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

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5 hours
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Combine 2 half-day tours!In this tour you will visit the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, an architectural ensemble declared a World Heritage...

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10 hours
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If you're planning to stay in Madrid and you are an architecture passionate you can't miss this half-day experience. Get ready to explore th...

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5 hours
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Don't miss the opportunity to get to know these three essential attractions around Madrid in just one amazing day!Discover two of the most i...

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11 hours
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Make the most of your stay in Madrid and immerse yourself in the Spanish culture with this full-day experience. A combination of history, he...

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6 hours 30 minutes
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Segovia is the jewel in the crown of Central Spain and home to three of its most incredible attractions: a magnificent Roman Aqueduct, a jaw...

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10 hours
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Don't miss the chance to discover Madrid's history while relaxing at El Retiro, crossing the Gran Vía or admiring the imposing elegance of t...

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Discover two of the main cultural and historical attractions of the Spanish plateau and World Heritage Sites: Segovia, where you can see one...

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8 hours
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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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El Escorial Av Juan de Borbón y Battemberg, s/n, 28200 San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid Madrid
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