On Saturday February 19th, IE Excursions club and students from the Madrid and Segovia campus went to visit the municipality of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. The small town was quite a sight as the city is characterized by its rich architecture and symbolic presence in Spanish history. The city is full of restaurants, bars and cafes with terraces for everyone to enjoy the fresh mountain air and dazzling landscapes. Although the town itself is elegant and entertaining, it is eclipsed by colossal sight of the Monastery built during the 16th century by Felipe II.
The monastery is made up of several halls, and huge chambers that serve different purposes such as a library containing previously prohibited books by the church, incredible art galleries, a Basilica that Felipe II tried to mimic from Rome, tombs of the kings, queens and other royal family members, and finally vast gardens. The monastery was so big we were only able to experience 1/3 of it in a little over two hours.
We then had around 3 hours of free time to enjoy lunch with friends and explore the town wherever we pleased.
Lastly, before sunset, we went to a place called ‘La silla del Rey’ about 10 minutes from the town which is a set of platforms in junction with the landscape that Felipe II used as an observatory to look at the construction of the Monastery and enjoy the beautiful scenery. For more trips like this, make sure to follow our Instagram page (IE Excursions Club) and keep up to date with the latest news on upcoming trips!
Sebastian Sosa Balbuena
IE Cultural Excursions Club