Fernando Márquez and Richard Lavene, 2007.
POLITICAL AND SPIRITUAL CENTER
Visiting San Lorenzo village and “El Escorial” Palace-Convent as the political and spiritual centre of Philip II, is an unforgettable experience and essential to understand the historic development of Madrid. From “El Escorial“, situated on the eastern slope of Sierra de Guadarrama we can see, and in old times, control the new capital, Madrid. El Escorial was the ideological centre of Counter-Reformation movement lead by Philip II and the heart of the Spanish Empire which includes America, Philippines, seaside African colonies….
It is a must to have a walk around San Lorenzo village, and a tour through the Palace-Convent, guided by an expert.
Further you can visit the editorial of “El Croquis”, which is located in small new building in the outskirts of the village El Escorial.