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[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] Monastery and Site of the Escurial is a World Heritage Site in Madrid, Spain.

The Escurial is the historical residence of the King of Spain. It is located in the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, about 45 km (28 mi) to the northwest of Madrid. At Escurial are a complex comprising the royal palace, museum and school.


Monastery of El Escorial, Madrid, Spain
Monastery of El Escorial, Madrid, Spain
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Within the Escurial is El Real Monasterio de El Escorial, or the Royal Monastery of the Esturial. This is a monastic retreat. Within the Escurial complex, the Spanish rulers and the Roman Catholic religion are within a single area. The complex is also an attempt by the monarch, King Philip II of Spain, in preventing the spread of Protestantism. The architects of El Escorial are Juan Bautista de Toledo and his successor Juan de Herrera, the same people responsible for designing the Royal Palace of Aranjuez.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Monastery and Site of the Escurial, Madrid was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 8th session of the World Heritage Committee in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 29 October - 2 November, 1984.

Location: N40 34 54.3 W4 7 35.1 in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Province and Autonomous Community of Madrid.
Inscription Year: 1984
Type: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, II, VI
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