El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

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    Get to know the history of the Spanish emperors by visiting the place from where they ruled the world for three centuries. With the extensive walking tour inside the Monastery of El Escorial, explained by a professional guide, get a better understanding of a long part of World history.

    Leave Madrid by coach and head to the former royal residence and monastery of El Escorial, considered by many to be the 8th Wonder of the World. Enjoy a tour of the Royal Palace to see Philip II's somber rooms. See the Pantheon of the Kings, the Pantheon of the Princes, the Central Basilica, and the Hall of Battles. Learn how El Escorial came about at the Architectural Museum. In the Valley of the Fallen, you will find the 500-foot cross built by General Franco to commemorate those who perished in the Spanish Civil War. Your tour includes a visit of the austere interior, with stunning views from the esplanade of arches.

    A well-organized tour and the professional guide were knowledgeable and passionate about the subject. For anyone with an interest in European history, this trip is a must. The history behind the Valley of the Fallen is particularly touching.

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