Built in the 16th century, El Escorial was commissioned by King Philip II to honor the victory of the Battle of Saint Quentin. This massive complex is a perfect example of Renaissance architecture, and it comprises of a palace, a monastery, a library, and a church. The building is also surrounded by beautiful gardens and a lake, making it a peaceful and serene place to spend a day.
One of the most impressive features of El Escorial is the Royal Pantheon, which serves as the final resting place of the Spanish monarchs. Visitors can see the tombs of kings and queens, including Philip II, Charles V, and Isabella of Portugal. The Pantheon’s walls are adorned with stunning frescoes, which add to the grandeur of the place.