El Escorial, Madrid

For other uses, see El Escorial (disambiguation).
El Escorial

Church of San Bernabé.


Coat of arms
El Escorial

Location in Spain

Coordinates: ES 40°34′54″N 4°7′33″W / 40.58167°N 4.12583°W / 40.58167; -4.12583
Country Spain
Autonomous community Community of Madrid
Province Madrid
Comarca Vegas de Coria
  Mayor Antonio Vicente Rubio (PP)
  Land 607 km2 (234 sq mi)
Elevation 909 m (2,982 ft)
Population (2009)
  Total 14,979
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 10840
Website Official website
Casa constitorial
The Casita del Príncipe

El Escorial is a municipality in the Autonomous Community of Madrid, located 45 km (28 mi) northwest of the Spanish capital Madrid. It belongs to the comarca of Cuenca del Guadarrama. Its population in 2009 was 14,979.

The territory of El Escorial is home to the park of La Granjilla de la Fresneda. The famous Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial also known as Monasterio de El Escorial or El Escorial, is located in the adjacent municipality of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. On the outskirts of San Lorenzo de El Escorial is the national memorial Valle de los Caídos (Valley of the Fallen).

The name of the town derives from slag (escoria) deposits from an old local foundry.

Main sights


The municipality of El Escorial contains a RENFE commuter train station connecting the area to Madrid.

Notable residents

L. Brent Bozell, Jr., the American conservative Catholic writer, moved his large family to the town in the mid-1960s as he became disillusioned with American politics and came to idealize Francoist Spain. He was joined by other likeminded Americans for a time, such as Reid Buckley, brother of conservative political columnist William F. Buckley Jr..

See also

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