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San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Architecture and Painting Museum in the El Escorial Monastery

Contact details

Calle don Juan de Borbón y Battemberg, s/n.
28200  San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid  (Madrid)
Tel.:+34 918905903
Fax.:+34 918907818


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How this masterpiece was built

It reveals the secrets behind the building of this monument, designated a World Heritage Site.

The Architecture Museum in the El Escorial Monastery contains a wide selection of documents, building materials and machinery used in the construction of this monument, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. The museum enables visitors to learn about the techniques used to erect this impressive structure. The monastery also has a large collection of paintings from the Flemish, German, Italian and Spanish schools of the 15th-17th centuries. The breathtaking work by El Greco, "The Martyrdom of St. Maurice", presides over this interesting art gallery comprising nine halls displaying paintings by such renowned painters as Titian, Ribera, Tintoretto, Paolo Veronese, Velázquez, Hieronymus Bosch and Zurbarán.

National Heritage

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Practical information


From Oct 01 to Mar 31
From Tuesday to Sunday
From 10:00 to 18:00

From Apr 01 to Sep 30
From Tuesday to Sunday
From 10:00 to 20:00

Closed: Mondays, 1 and 6 January, 1 May, 10 August, 8 September and 24, 25 and 31 December.


General: €10
Reduced: €5
Children aged 5 16, over 65s from EU member states and Latin American countries, and students with ID up to age 25.
Admission free Children under 5, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons for European Union and Latin
American citizens, and on 18 May.
Large families: Admission free
ICOM members and associations: Admission free
Disabled persons: Admission free
The admission fee includes a visit to the Monastery.


Audio guide, Guided tours