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While much of the Monastery of El Escorial is lacking ornamentation, the crypt is a show of elegance.

El Escorial Home Page, "San Lorenzo"

The Basilica
The Royal Apartment
The Crypt of the Kings
The Town of Escorial
The Monastery
the crypts of the kings and one Queen, caskets stacked high
The Crypt of the Kings. Here you will find almost every Spanish monarch since Charles V. For a closer look at the caskets with the names visible, click here

Behind the walls of the crypt is the "rotting room". When a royal family member dies, his or her remains are placed in the "rotting room." After a period, the corpse is moved to its final resting place in one of the crypts.

Royal Family members are entombed out side the Royal crypt room
Other family members can be found entombed in other crypt rooms of the Escorial.
Only monarchs are placed in the kings' side of the crypt. Spouses have their own section. Isabella II is the only queen residing on the kings' side.
After leaving the Crypt of the Kings, we wondered about the crypts, eventfully visiting the children’s crypt.

The children's crypt appears like a large decorated cake.

The childeren's crypt

detail of the childrens crypt

While walking around the crypt, try to find the tomb of Don Juan, Felipe II's half brother.

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