from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. A palace and mausoleum of the kings of Spain, being a vast and wonderful structure about twenty-five miles northwest of Madrid; called also escurial. It was erected in 1563-1584 and contains a monastery.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the western mining districts of the United States, a place where a mine has been exhausted.
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And just a few miles from the Escorial is the youngest royal monastery in Spain, finished only half a century ago.
As the Escorial is a monument to Philip’s Hapsburg dynasty, the Valley is unabashedly a monument to Franco, who lies buried behind the main altar, his gravestone always covered with fresh flowers.
The Escorial is a treasure-house of art and learning.
The St. Maurice in the chapter hall of the Escorial is a long step toward a new method of expression.
Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos), a school of mines, and a school of agriculture, while at the Escorial is a school of forestry
El Escorial electronic media (benefits and necessity of switching off) elephants
El Escorial must surely count as one of the most extravagant acts of self-mortification ever accomplished by a Catholic prince.
One evening at about 9.30 (well before dinner time) we were given a concert of liturgical music, a whole mass that was written for the church of the Escorial soon after its construction by Juan de Villanova.
In the eighteenth century the Bourbons tried to cheer up El Escorial by decorating an entire set of apartments with Brussels and other tapestries (for which some remarkable full-scale cartoons by Francisco Goya survive in the Prado).
The summer school lasted for a week, and this gave the foreign visitors a rare opportunity to see the whole of the Escorial systematically and in chronological order, which is not a feat that can be accomplished even in a single day.