Journey just a half hour from Madrid to reach the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, a massive complex containing a monastery, basilica, royal palace, library, museum, school, and hospital. Built in just 20 years, El Escorial served as a symbol of Spanish power, both religious and secular, in the 16th century. Acquaint yourself with a site that remains one of the world's most impressive architectural feats. Learn how architect Juan de Herrera drew on the Renaissance principles of symmetry and balance to create a structure known for its geometrical severity and the harmonizing predominance of horizontal lines. During your guided tour, you will visit the Habsburg Palace (formerly the residence of Spanish King Phillip II), the Kings and Princes Mausoleum, the chapter houses, the basilica, and the library. Following the tour, enjoy free time in the gardens and check out the palace of the Borbon family at your own pace. After your day of exploration, hop on a bus at the arranged time to travel back to Madrid.
• Please keep in mind that the excursion includes some walking, so comfortable shoes are recommended • The duration of the tour includes the round-trip transportation • Photography and filming are not permitted inside the exhibitions • Failure to show up at the established check-in time may entail losing the tour
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