Cultural visit to El Escorial and Ávila

Sunday, September 17, 2017

El Escorial, World Heritage Site, was the political center of the empire of Philip II. This place, located in the mountains next to Madrid, was chosen by the king to build his palace and his dynastic pantheon. He also built a large basilica and founded a monastery. The Pantheon of Kings occupies a circular chapel under the floor of the basilica, decorated with marble and gilded bronze. Here lie all the Kings and Queens who are King’s mothers, from Charles I until nowadays, excepting Philip V and Ferdinand VI, whose remains lie in their respective foundations: La Granja de San Ildefonso and the Salesas Reales in Madrid (Santa Bárbara Church).

The picture of Ávila is given by its walls: they are much more than a symbolic representation, they are the monument that explains and defines the city. Walls, houses, palaces, temples, convents… make up the rich artistic heritage of the city, the result of a vibrant historical past carried by the cultures that lived together. History, art, mysticism, traditions, gastronomy, nature combine with each other to offer visitors an enriching stay in Avila.