San Lorenzo de El EscorialRoyal monastery
An excursion to San Lorenzo de El Escorial, roughly 60 km northwest of Madrid, is well worthwhile. The building represents the beginning of Herrera architecture, and has been made a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Apart from the royal monastery, there are also a library, various ancillary buildings such as the ministries and service buildings, and the House of the Infants and House of the Queen. You become fully aware of the extent of the vast complex when you consider that there are 15 cloisters, 13 chapels, 86 stairways, 88 fountains, over 1600 paintings, 9 towers and 73 sculptures. You can get here on a no. 664 or 661 bus from Intercambiador de Moncloa. Closed on Mondays.
Calle Juan de Borbón y Battemberg
San Lorenzo de El Escorial 28200
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