El Escorial

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Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial
Vista aerea del Monasterio de El Escorial.jpg
A distant view of the Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial
LocationSan Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
Coordinates40°35′20″N 4°08′52″W / 40.58889°N 4.14778°W / 40.58889; -4.14778Coordinates: 40°35′20″N 4°08′52″W / 40.58889°N 4.14778°W / 40.58889; -4.14778
ArchitectJuan Bautista de Toledo
Governing bodyMinistry of the Presidency
Official name: Monastery and Site of the Escorial, Madrid
TypeCultural
Criteriai, ii, iv
Designated1984 (8th session)
Reference no.318
State Party Spain
RegionEurope and North America
Official name: Monasterio de San Lorenzo
TypeReal property
CriteriaMonument
Designated3 June 1931
Reference no.(R.I.) - 51 - 0001064 - 00000
El Escorial is located in Community of Madrid
El Escorial
Location of Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial in Community of Madrid

El Escorial is a famous royal site in Spain. It was built in the late 1500s. El Escorial is a monastery, a royal palace, a museum and a school. It is located about 45 km (28 mi) northwest of the Spanish capital, Madrid, in the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Five miles from the main building is a hunting lodge called Granjilla de La Fresneda, which is also part of the Escorial.

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The building was designed by the architect Juan Bautista de Toledo to the plans of King Philip II. El Escorial is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a very popular tourist attraction.

El Escorial was one of 100 finalists for the 12 Treasures of Spain in 2007.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Lista de 100 finalistas de Nuestros 12 Tesoros de España". Sobreturismo.es. 2007-11-27. Retrieved 2014-10-06.

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