Funerary architecture or counter-reformation symbol?
After the Middle Ages ended in Spain, the new Absolute Monarchy was in need of new buildings that would be representative of this new era. In the year 1563 this project of Philip II started to see the light under the wonderful mountains of Guadarrama, in the north of the Madrid region. 20 years later the biggest Catholic Monastery is finished and up to our days it is still used as the burial pantheon of the Spanish Royal family.
Royal Apartments, Royal Pantheon, Princes Pantheon, Chapter Rooms, Cloister, Courtyard of the Kings and Library. All decorated with some of the magnificent works of art commissioned by the most powerful King of his time: Philipp II.
We'll get to know too the first Catholic church built after the rules of the counter-reformation. Very interesting, indeed!
From Madrid to El Escorial we will travel either by bus or train, once there we'll walk to the Monastery and visit from the Library to the Royal Apartments, visiting the Cripta where the Spanish Royal Family is buried.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station
Duration: 5 hours
- Guiding Services
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10 Eur - Entrance fee to Monastery: 10 Eur per pax
Plus whatever you want to spend on food
- Personal Expenses
- Public Transportation Tickets
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
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Susana V. was wonderful. She picked us up at the airport, settled us in our hotel and proceeded to spend 3 lovely days with us! She is extremely knowledgeable about Spanish history, very friendly, and easy to understand. Even though we had just gotten off the plane, we were totally engaged in the stories of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen. We would recommend her without reservation for this tour.