Monastery of El Escorial in San Lorenzo de El Escorial
The Monastery of El Escorial is one of the most unique examples of architecture of the European Renaissance and it occupies an area of 33,327 sq ft, on the southern slope of Mount Abantos, in the Sierra de Guadarrama.
It was designed in the second half of the sixteenth century by King Felipe II and has been considered since the end of the sixteenth century, the Eighth Wonder of the World, both for its size and functional complexities as well as its symbolic value. Its design appears to be based on the descriptions of the Temple of Solomon by the Jewish-Roman historian Flavius Josephus. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1984.
Its paintings, sculptures, Cantoral, scrolls, liturgical vestments and other objects mean the Monastery of El Escorial is also considered a museum. Its complex iconography and iconology has attracted the most varied interpretations of historians, critics and admirers.
Opening Hours Monastery of El Escorial:
Closed on Mondays
Ticket Price Monastery of El Escorial:
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