El Escorial: the pride of the Habsburgs

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CATEGORY | Around Madrid | Royal Palaces & Convents |

EXPERIENCE | Around Madrid |

IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN | Architecture | Classical Art | Gardens | History |

 

El Escorial, more than a palace or a monastery, was since the beginning a monument, actually an architectural complex built and decorated to commemorate a victory (Saint Quentin), to pay a filial tribute from Phillip II to Charles V and to serve as symbol of the Habsburg’s power .

Thus, it was a monument in the very sense of the word, before the artistic value became the main concept. But, if El Escorial is also a monument in its modern sense is because Phillip II and his successors Phillip III, Philip IV and Charles II understood the importance of art at the service of power, recruiting the best: from Juan Bautista de Toledo to Juan de Herrera, from Pompeo Leoni to Luca Giordano…

If you wish this private guided tour to El Escorial, fill the form and we will contact you. We recommend a two hours guided tour. It can be extended to a three hours tours if you wish to visit the town and gardens.

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