El Escorial, a monastery? a Palace and a mausoleum
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April 6th, 2010 – by: portia
At the Hall of the Battles, huge paintings on the wall in trompe l'oeil style looked like tapestry showing Spain's great victory over France at San Quentin. In the gallery there are many portraits of the kings and royals. unfortunately most were unattractive looking, not the fault of the painters.
An interesting and unique place to visit here is the Royal Pantheon, downstairs to the crypt, where four centuries of Kings and queens who were mothers of kings were resting in very lavish, and gilded coffins. Down the hall are many more lesser royalty, including children, it is rather sobering to see so many children under 7 here.
The basilica is a unique place inside the palace too, perhaps that's why it's also the monastery. It is a very large basilica for the private use of the royalty.
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