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El Escorial

The Monastery of El Escorial tickets and tours

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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 of 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 Spanish kings, and the monastery is currently occupied by St. Augustinian monks. 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 designed by King Philip II and his architect Juan Bautista de Toledo. Subsequently, other architects joined the project, among whom include Juan de Herrera, Juan de Minjares, Giovanni Battista Castello, the Bergamasco, and Francisco de Mora. At the end of the sixteenth century, the monastery was considered the eighth wonder of the world 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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Tour of Escorial, Valle de los Caidos and Segovia with lunch from Madrid
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Tour of Escorial, Valle de los Caidos and Segovia with lunch from Madrid

Visit 3 amazing sites in one day with a professional guide, luxury transportation and typical lunch. You'll get to see the Valle de los Caídos, the Monastery of Escorial and the beautiful medieval Segovia.

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Duration 10 hours 30 minutes
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Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial skip-the-line tickets and guided tour
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Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial skip-the-line tickets and guided tour

Book your tour to the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, and discover the rooms UNESCO World Heritage Site with an expert guide.

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Duration 2 hours
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The new Escorial and Valley of the Fallen 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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Duration 5 hours
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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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El Escorial Monastery half-day tour from Madrid
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El Escorial Monastery half-day tour from Madrid

Discover the Escorial Monastery and visit its library on this 5-hour guided tour from Madrid with transport included.

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Reviews El Escorial

Loïc, Jan 20, 2022
Jean-Michel, Sep 27, 2021
Susan, Oct 10, 2018
Cecilia Inés, Aug 06, 2018

“Ha sido una jornada extensa pero maravillosa más allá del terrible calor de verano!Los 3 destinos en 1 sólo día me pareció increíble aunque tuvimos q andar muchísimo y rápido.La guía de Han fue clara y completa, súper predispuesto. ¡Felicitaciones! Me hice de una amiga inolvidable. Gracias!!!”

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