439 years in the past immediately, the constructing of the royal palace at San Lorenzo de El Escorial was accomplished. The historic residence of the King of Spain, El Escorial is the world’s largest Renaissance constructing. Over its lengthy life, the constructing nestled 28 miles within the countryside outdoors of Madrid, has served as a monastery, basilica, royal palace, pantheon, library, museum, college, college, and hospital, many features which it nonetheless carries on immediately. READ extra… (1584)
Philip II engaged the Spanish architect Juan Bautista de Toledo to be his collaborator within the constructing of the complicated at El Escorial. Toledo had spent the better a part of his profession in Rome, the place he had labored on St. Peter’s Basilica, and so they supposedly designed the constructing collectively.
The ground plan of El Escorial might have come from one in all a number of totally different sources. Wanting like a gridiron, it’s thought the structure was to honor St. Lawrence, who was roasted to demise on a grill. One other thought is that it was made based mostly on the truest descriptions then obtainable of the Temple of Solomon. Additional nonetheless, its traits are believed to be influenced by Spain’s well-known mixing with the Arab world.
The ground plan is strikingly much like Alcázar of Seville and the design of the Alhambra at Granada, the place, as at El Escorial, two courtyards in succession separate the primary portal of the complicated from a totally enclosed place of worship.
Certainly one of its most essential features over time has been as a pantheon, or necropolis of the kings and queens of Spain, but additionally of Bourbons, Hapsburgs, and others.
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