The Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial is located in the Community of Madrid, in the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. It is also known as the Monastery of San Lorenzo El Real or simply El Escorial. It consists of a royal palace, a basilica, a pantheon, a library, a school and a monastery.
It was built in the 16th century, starting the works in 1563 and finishing in 1584, ordered by Philip II and under the design of the architect Juan Bautista de Toledo and nowadays it has been considered as the Eight Wonder of the World.
Each part of the Monastery was dedicated to a different use: the palace was the residence of the Spanish Royal Family, the pantheon is the burial place of the kings of Spain and the Monastery is the residence of the friars of the Order of St. Augustine. The gardens deserve the attention of all those who visit the Monastery, for the beautiful views leaving to the Sierra de Guadarrama, Valmayor resevoir and the distant horizon of the capital.
With the Imperial Pack of the Philip II Train you can know this work of Spanish Renaissance architecture with a guided tour of the historical Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial and the Monastery, travelling from Madrid Principe Pio station on board our Philip II Train: a railway jewel from the 40s, restored by Alsa and complemented by guided tours inside this spectacular monument.
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