In your essential Scorial monastery tourist visit, in the Sierra de Madrid, without a doubt the highlight of it will be when you go down to see the Pantheon of Kings.
The undoubted majesty of the room that occupies the Pantheon of Kings it is combined with the historical importance of the place, because almost all the kings of Spain after Carlos I.
Precisely, a basic purpose of Philip II to order the construction of the El Escorial monastery it was to house the tombs of the kings of Spain.
Pantheon of Kings in the monastery of El Escorial @Photo: Bocachete
How to visit the Pantheon of the Monastery of Escorial
During the visit on your own, to the impressive Pantheon of Kings of the monastery of the Escorial you will access after visiting the actual rooms of the Palace of the Austrias, and before arriving at Chapter Rooms.
This corner is also one of the culminating stages of the Guided visits to which you can sign up to visit this great monument of the Madrid's community.
Where the Kings of Spain are buried
He Pantheon of Kings It is located 15 meters deep, just under the main altar of the Basilica of the Monastery of El Escorial.
Curiosities of the history of the Pantheon of Kings
It was the last stay to be built during the long works of the monastery, which was due to the problems caused by a well that was in the chosen place.
Build in 17th century baroque style, in the ornate decoration of the Pantheon of Kings you will see a lot of marble and gilded bronze, as well as bronze lamps.
In this high circular room you can see 26 graves where are the remains of the kings of the dynasties of the Habsburgs and the Bourbons, as well as the queen queens who have been mothers of the king.
At Pantheon of Kings only the remains of Philip V, buried in the Royal Palace of the Farm, and Ferdinand VI, which is in the Convent of the Royal Salts.
Amadeo I of Savoy and Jose I Bonaparte neither are they buried in the monastery of El Escorial.
Of the 26 graves you can see in your visit to the Pantheon of Kings, three of them are still empty.
However, they are waiting for the transfer of the remains of the Queen Victoria Eugenia and of the Counts of Barcelona, father and mother of the previous king Juan Carlos.
These remains are currently in the pudding, room next to Pantheon of Kings where they must remain for 25 years before resting permanently in that pantheon.
Therefore, in the current Pantheon of Kings there is no place for that King emeritus Juan Carlos and his descendants, including the king Philip.
We'll see what decisions are made in the future about it ...<>