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Albrecht Dürer ‘Troiana Iris' (Detail) (German painter, printmaker, engraver, mathematician, and theorist, 1471 – 1528) ~Via N Jean Maxwell

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El Escorial Museum Madrid, Spain. I must say that I had the pleasure to see it and it blow you away.

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Real Monasterio del Escorial, San Lorenzo del Escorial, Madrid, Spain

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"Minotaur", by sculptor Pedro Requejo, sculpture seen in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, in August 2010

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Madrid’s Enchanting El Escorial

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Real Monasterio del Escorial, Madrid, Spain I've been here! I felt like I was in Beauty and the Beast or something. Loved it!

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A portrait of Phillip II (1527-1598), King of Spain. After Anthonis Mor, 1558. Philip's wife Mary I of England died the same year that this portrait was painted.

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The 5 best day trips from Madrid - all less than 2 hours away from the city center!

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Albrecht Dürer, Birds

Albrecht Dürer: Three Studies of a Tree Bullfinch, 1543

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El Escorial Monastery Library - The Monastery of El Escorial was the first example of the architectural style which came to be known as Herrerian after its creator, Juan de Herrera. It holds the designation of World Heritage site.

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