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 (ĕ-skôr′ē-əl, ĕs′kō-rē-äl′)
A monastery and palace of central Spain near Madrid. Built from 1563 to 1584, it was commissioned by Philip II to commemorate a victory over the French and is the burial place of many Spanish sovereigns.


(ˌɛskɒrɪˈɑːl; ɛˈskɔːrɪəl) or


(Placename) a village in central Spain, northwest of Madrid: site of an architectural complex containing a monastery, palace, and college, built by Philip II between 1563 and 1584


(ɛˈskɔr i əl, -ˈskoʊr-)

a building in central Spain, 27 miles (43 km) NW of Madrid, containing a monastery, palace, church, and mausoleum of the Spanish sovereigns: erected 1563–84.
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El Escorial Library, located in central Spain in San Lorenzo de El Escorial near Madrid, houses more than 4,700 manuscripts in numerous languages and 40,000 printed books.
Particular highlights of last week's tour to Madrid were a superb concert at Iglesia de San Manuel y San Benito with two standing ovations, visits to Prado Art Gallery, Parque Retiro, and Real Madrid's Bernabeu Stadium and performances at Madrid Cathedral and the world-famous El Escorial.
SPAIN King Juan Carlos and Crown Prince Felipe, right, attend a military ceremony in San Lorenzo de El Escorial.
The prince was in Spain on Monday but had no official events planned until Tuesday when he is scheduled to appear with the king at the El Escorial monastery and former royal palace.
A major strength of GlobalData's epidemiological analysis is the use of country-specific studies that provided the diagnosed prevalence of ALS using uniform diagnostic criteria based on the El Escorial criteria or the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9), criteria (ICD-9 code for ALS = 335.
Por esta razon, y tras las recomendaciones de su gran amigo Benito Arias Montano, el teologo y bibliotecario de El Escorial, Ortelius fue nombrado geografo real de Felipe II en 1573.
THE STORY: Though it crisscrosses the centuries, the main event in Terra Nostra is the construction of El Escorial, Spain's 16th-century monastic palace just northwest of Madrid.
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But as we had the freedom of the car we headed down to visit the awesome El Escorial, as it turned out that day was free entry.
5pm Cycling, Vuelta a Espana, Talavera de la Reina - San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Eurosport)
In the context of Old Testament morality, claims Rowe (Seminario Evangelico Unido de Teologia, El Escorial, Spain), family should be considered a set of practices rather than an institution.