San Lorenzo de El Escorial (also San Lorenzo del Escorial) is a town about 45 km from Madrid in Spain.
Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra de Guadarrama, the city's main attraction is the world famous Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, (El Escorial for short) , a World Heritage Site, that was the political centre of the Spanish empire under King Philip II. It is often visited as a day-trip from Madrid, however it's also a good place to spend 2 or 3 nights so you can visit the surrounding countryside.
- Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial: This huge complex is has a Royal Palace, a monastery for monks, a magnificent library, and a large basilica. Kings of Spain are buried in the Kings' Pantheon. It also have an important collection of paintings by Van der Weyden, el Greco, Tintoretto, Veronés or Velázquez. You can visit the official website here.
- A general view of the Monastery].