This overall view gives a good impression of the large size of the monastic palace that Philip II built in only twenty-one years between 1563 and 1584. The surface area of the building measures 207 x 161 meters. The dome of the basilica is 90 meters high.
Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial, overall view, colour photograph, 2008, photographer: Hans Peter Schaefer; source: Wikimedia Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:El_escorial.jpg.
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