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How to see the monastery of Escorial from the chair of Philip II

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El Escorial Monastery from the Silla de Felipe II in Madrid

To make the highly recommended visit of Escorial monastery You may travel by car from Madrid .

If so, I advise you before entering the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial to get to the monumental enclosure make a brief detour.

What I really propose is that you see the first panoramic of the mentioned town and the monastery from the denominated Felipe II chair.


Monastery of El Escorial from the Silla de Felipe II in Madrid

What is the Felipe II Chair

It is a rocky promontory located on a hillside called Escorial Circus, next to Blacksmithing site, two and a half kilometers from town.

From there you have some great views of the landscape formed by the Mount of Abantos and the urban complex of San Lorenzo del Escorial, appearing in the foreground the imposing building of the monastery.

This place is called Felipe II chair because tradition says that from there the king made a follow-up of the works of the El Escorial Monastery, which lasted from 1563 to 1584.

And, indeed, it is a promontory of granite rocks in which they are sculpted from steps, to some holes that act as armchairs.

However, other hypotheses have also emerged in this regard.


Monastery of El Escorial from the Silla de Felipe II in Madrid

It has been said that, in fact, this place is a ritual altar from the time of the Iberians, and was never used as a viewpoint by the King Philip II.

And there is also another theory that considers the Felipe II chair It was sculpted much more recently, in the 19th century.

How to get to Silla de Felipe II

For get to Felipe II's Chair, if you come from Madrid by Galapagar, on the M-505, just before reaching the Escorial you must turn left, following the direction of Ávila.

Very shortly after, you turn right, and the road starts up the slope towards the Puerto de la Cruz Verde.

On the right is the town of San Lorenzo del Escorial.

You will soon find a detour to the left, with the indication of the Felipe II chair.

Now on a paved forest road you will climb just over a kilometer until you reach the place, where you can park the car.

As a last tip I will tell you that once you have visited the town and the Escorial monastery, you will have another option to appreciate the monumentality of the building enjoying the panoramic views from the viewpoint of Mount Abantos.

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