MONASTERY OF EL ESCORIAL

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This mountain town is nestled in the Sierra de Guadarrama at the foot of Mount Abantos about 30 miles from .  Declared a in 1984, the Monastery and Real Sitio de San Lorenzo are prime examples of Spain’s imperial glory.  Walk through this scenic outpost which was once the powerful stronghold of Philip II , ruler of one of the world’s largest empires.