Madrid 2015 - Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial


Madrid 2015 - Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial Madrid 2015 - Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial
Added by Alain Martineau
General Description : Thickness 2.4mm
image of the Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Monasterio y Sitio de El Escorial en Madrid), commonly known as El Escorial.
It is a historical residence of the King of Spain, in the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, about 45 kilometres (28 miles) northwest of the capital, Madrid, in Spain. It is one of the Spanish royal sites and functions as a monastery, basilica, royal palace, pantheon, library, museum, university and hospital. It is situated 2.06 km (1.28 mi) up the valley (4.1 km [2.5 mi] road distance) from the town of El Escorial.
The Escorial comprises two architectural complexes of great historical and cultural significance: the royal monastery itself and La Granjilla de La Fresneda, a royal hunting lodge and monastic retreat about five kilometres away. These sites have a dual nature; that is to say, during the 16th and 17th centuries, they were places in which the power of the Spanish monarchy and the ecclesiastical predominance of the Roman Catholic religion in Spain found a common architectural manifestation. El Escorial was, at once, a monastery and a Spanish royal palace. Originally a property of the Hieronymite monks, it is now a monastery of the Order of Saint Augustine. It is also a boarding school.
On 2 November 1984, UNESCO declared The Royal Seat of San Lorenzo of El Escorial a World Heritage Site. It is a popular tourist attraction, often visited by day-trippers from Madrid more than 500,000 visitors come to El Escorial every year.
Front Description : On outer edge:
five stars before "COLECCION NACIONAL" twelve stars after.
2015 at bottom between rows of stars.
Center:
Seven-pointed star with a capital "M" and a crown above, inside.
Lettering around the 7 points star
SPAIN - SPANIEN - ESPANNA - ESPANA - ESPAINIA - ESPANYA - ESPAGNE - FNMT - RCM
Back Description : image of the Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial
lettering, top EL ESCORIAL and bottom real monasterio
Diameter 33.00 mm
Weight 14.70 g
Material Nordic Gold 89% copper, 5% aluminum, 5% zinc, 1% tin
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