Stone façade of the main entrance to El Escorial, near Madrid

Behold Catholic grandeur at El Escorial near Madrid

Close to Madrid, the foothills of the Sierra de Guadarrama are home to an architectural complex where the State and Church lived together harmoniously. Certainly, San Lorenzo de El Escorial is a Spanish royal site that, when built during the 16th century, was at the same time a residence and monastery. Moreover, as you reach …

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