El Escorial (1563-84)

Madrid


View south to San Lorenzo de El Escorial of Felipe II. The entrance leads to the cathedral courtyard.
Designed by Juan de Herrera (1530-97) and built in honor of St Lawrence.
Final resting place for Felipe's father, Carlos I of Spain, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.
Includes austere royal apartments but designed as mausoleum and contemplative retreat.

NW from Palacio de Felipe II (Royal Apartments)

SSW from Palacio de Felipe II

Patio de los Reyes, Basilica, with 6 kings of Judah

Basilica apse and altar; altarpiece by Juan de Herrera

Royal apartments north of basilica

ESE to gardens from royal apartments

   

 

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