El Escorial, the most famous monastery in Europe

El Escorial, the most famous monastery in Europe

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To talk about Madrid is to talk about a destination that offers the visitor practically everything: gastronomy, culture, art, leisure activities, music, fashion and an ample etc. Although the capital in summer time is not necessarily top of the list for national tourism (many choose the beach and the open air restaurants), it is true that to spend a few days relaxing in home territory is the ideal option for those who are looking to enjoy a different type of holiday full of culture and history.

Capital of our country and a place that has filled numerous history books, Madrid is a city that you need to get to know profoundly, not just the typical well known places (although these places are equally as attractive) but you need to let yourself explore other special places such as the Escorial Monastery. One of the most important ecclesiastical architectural works of our country, in a place where there is always something new to see and enjoy.

Situated approximately half an hour by car from our hotels in the centre of Madrid, such as the Petit Palace Arenal, the Petit Palace Ducal Chueca or the hotel Petit Palace Londres, amongst others, the monastery becomes alive in summer and if you are unaware, for many years has offered the well known Escorial summer classes.

With pictorial works of art and sculptures almost in every corner, the visit is highly recommended, not only for the state of conservation (due to the fact that it was constructed in the 16th century) but also for the historical implication because it consists of a royal palace, (which centuries before gave shelter to the Royal Family), a basilica, a pantheon, a library and of course, a traditional monastery.

Renaissance style and with views of the beautiful mountain range surrounding Madrid, the Escorial is an original monastery which ever way you look at it. A construction that according to many art historians tries to imitate the grill where San Lorenzo was burnt to death. For all this, for its magnitude and for its beauty, it is considered, from the end of the 16th century, the Eighth Wonder of the World, nothing less!

If the whole ensemble, including all the exterior, attract attention because of its magnificence, it is true that there is nothing more beautiful in the Escorial Monastery than the Basilica. Considered to be the greatest work of the excellent artist Juan de Herrera, the whole place is exceptionally special, for the light, the natural aura, peace, the decorative glass, the dome of 92 metres and the different auditoriums.

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