El Escorial (page 2 of 3)

Juan de Herrera

Views from the side

Philip's instructions to Herrera stipulated "simplicity of form, severity in the whole, nobility without arrogance, majesty without ostentation," qualities clearly illustrated by the long sweep of these facades.

The formal palace gardens

According to the Time Out Guide: Madrid, this complex contains 2,675 windows, 1,200 doors, 16 inner courtyards, 24 kilometres (15 miles) of passageways and 86 staircases" (249).

Inner courtyards--left: Plaza of the Kings, the courtyard in front of the Basilica


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