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.

    The Caudillo’s Cloister

  • 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 Caudillo’s Cloister

  • The Escorial is a treasure-house of art and learning.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Diocese-Fathers of Mercy

  • The St. Maurice in the chapter hall of the Escorial is a long step toward a new method of expression.

    Promenades of an Impressionist

  • Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos), a school of mines, and a school of agriculture, while at the Escorial is a school of forestry

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • El Escorial electronic media (benefits and necessity of switching off) elephants

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • El Escorial must surely count as one of the most extravagant acts of self-mortification ever accomplished by a Catholic prince.

    El Escorial

  • 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.

    El Escorial

  • 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).

    El Escorial

  • 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.

    El Escorial


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