El Escorial

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Outside Madrid in the foothills of the Sierra de Guadarrama, El Escorial, commissioned by Felipe II and built over 20 years in the late 16th century, is severe, rectilinear, and unforgiving—it is one of the most gigantic yet simple architectural monuments on the Iberian Peninsula. The Royal Monastery is in the town of San Lorenzo del Escorial, about one hour away from Madrid, and it makes a great half-day side trip from the capital.

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Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Felipe II was one of history's most deeply religious and forbidding monarchs—not to mention one of its most powerful—and the…

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Local tourist office

To get to the local tourist office, cross the arch that's across from the visitors' entrance to the monastery.

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