El Escorial Day Trip!

June 3, 2009

In the morning we met at Atocha Station to take a train out to El Escorial.  Atocha Station was expanded recently to meat the new demands of the high speed trains.  This addition by Rafael Moneo holds the new train sheds while the original train shed was turned into a greenhouse.

Atocha Station Dome

Atocha Station Dome

Atocha Station Original Shed

Atocha Station Original Shed

From Atocha we proceeded by train to El Escorial.  The major sight in El Escorial is the Palacio y Monasterio.  The building is home to a palace for the King as well as a monastery.  It is also the home to a mausoleum where every King of Spain is buried.  This crypt was one of the most amazing things because it was unbelievably silent beyond anything I have ever not heard before.

Palacio y Monasterio de El Escorial

Palacio y Monasterio de El Escorial

Palacio y Monasterio de El Escorial Courtyard

Palacio y Monasterio de El Escorial Courtyard

After the Palace we made our way up the hill to find the house of the editors of El Croquis.  This house sits up overlooking the city of El Escorial.

El Croquis Editor's Home

El Croquis Editor's Home

Then we proceeded to the headquarters of El Croquis.  This building is situated within the city and consists of two blocks that are in an L shape connected at ground level.

Headquarters El Croquis

Headquarters El Croquis

Interior of El Corquis Headquarters

Interior of El Corquis Headquarters

El Escorial Photos

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