Guided visits to El Escorial Monastery and its Library.
Departure from ICM2006 venue (Palacio Municipal de Congresos) at 10.00h
Duration: Aprox: 4 hours
Departure dates: 24, 25, 26, 27 & 29 August.
Price: 30,00 € / per person, on the basis of 35 to 45 participants per group.
A treasury of Mathematics: El Escorial and its Library
Cultural Activity for the ICM - 2006
The Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial is one of the most important monuments of the European Renaissance. King Philip II commanded its construction in the town of El Escorial around 50 kilometers northwest of Madrid. It was mainly designed by the architects Juan Bautista de Toledo and Juan de Herrera in an austere style and built from 1563 to 1584. Although the main motive of the building were to found a Mausoleum in which the Monarch’s family were laid to rest, the monument was also intended for other relevant purposes, among them, as a Royal library. That reflects the importance that Philip II attached to knowledge and, in particular, to Mathematics.
The visit will allow to contemplate the Basilica, with its spectacular Presbytery, the Pantheon that symbolizes the creator’s wish, the Royal Palace, the Hall of Battles, the Capitular Chambers and, finally, its impressive Library. Here, we will enjoy of both its main Hall and its exceptional collection.
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