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February 4, 2020

Cocheras del Rey, San Lorenzo de El Escorial!

So staying in my beloved Spain and wonderful worldly San Lorenzo de El Escorial; I like to tell you more. It always amazes me of posts I make and concentrate on one major monument in the city or two leaving behind some wonderful architecturally and historically stunning buildings. This is the cas of San Lorenzo de El Escorial and its Cocheras del Rey (kings carriages). I like to finally tell you a bit more about it: hope you enjoy it as I

The  architectural and historical significance of it makes me turn to find it. We did walking the wonderful streets of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Below my translation of the tourist office.

The Cocheras del Rey (garage of the king) is a set of buildings dating from 1771 and was ordered by King Carlos III for his service and that of the Court, when the foundation of the Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial.

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The whole was for a century at the service of the Royal House covering the transportation needs of people and luggage mainly during the autumn days, which was when the kings moved to the Escorial.

The part that is conserved of this set includes the Casa de los Oficios del Viaje( house of trades and trips), and Casa y Cuadra del Regalero (House and Stable of the Regalero) and a central garden, and is today private property, where a wide and valuable collection is shown that has as an argument the history of the life, activities and operation of the cocheras from 1771 to 1870, when it passed to individuals. The Collection is composed of a rich and varied sample of unique pieces: horse carriages, sleds, hand chairs, ties, furniture tools, maps, books, paintings, travel equipment, etc. since the 16C and mainly from the 18C and 19C.

The tourist office take on it here: Tourist office of San Lorenzo on Cocheras del Rey

Official webpage here; Official Cocheras del Rey in English

Another nice building to walk by and see it as part of the history of San Lorenzo de El Escorial , a lot more than a monastery! Hope you enjoy the story of the Cocheras del Rey.

And remember, happy travel, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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February 4, 2020

Royal Coliseum of San Lorenzo de El Escorial!

So staying in my beloved Spain and wonderful worldly San Lorenzo de El Escorial; I like to tell you more. It always amazes me of posts I make and concentrate on one major monument in the city or two leaving behind some wonderful architecturally and historically stunning buildings. This is the case of San Lorenzo de El Escorial and its Real Coliseo Carlos III. I like to finally tell you a bit more about it: hope you enjoy it as I.

The Teatro Real Coliseo de Carlos III is located in San Lorenzo de El Escorial; Comunidad de Madrid ,and it was built in the 18C. It is the only one that keeps the theater typology of that century intact, hence it is one of the oldest covered theaters preserved in Spain.

San Lorenzo

The Spanish Bourbon court, very fond of this entertainment (learned in France), set out to provide the Royal Sites with places destined for permanent theaters suitable for receiving Italian and French performance companies. Reigning king Carlos III, between 1770 and 1778, hired the French architect Jaime Marquet to performs three of the theaters of the Court, those of the Royal Sites of Aranjuez, El Pardo and San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Construction begins in 1771 and the following year was already finished.

The historic building has a rectangular plan with an axial axis, the room acting as a structuring element of the theatrical ensemble. This has a “U” shape and it opens the wide body of the stage, rectangular, where the original combs of the 18C are preserved. It has two levels of boxes on the existing ones on the ground floor and between the latter and the floor platform, there is also an intermediate level of running seats. The room is accessed from a hall that occupies the entire front of the main facade, with two stairs to the upper bodies.

Externally, the building has a compact appearance, with three-sided roofs, the body intended to house the armor of the stage comb rising above the set. The main façade, with a very simple layout, has two heights on the ground floor and is framed by chained pilasters. On the ground floor, the four interior access openings are located, corresponding to these holes those of upper floors, consisting of balconies on the noble floor and windows on the upper floor, with the upper openings being close together. On the main façade the central gaps on the ground floor are covered with a classic porticoes atrium supported by three pairs of columns on plinths, which is topped with a metal balustrade.

Some webpages to help you plan your visit here are

Tourist office of San Lorenzo on the Real Coliseo Carlos III

Tourist office of Community of Madrid on the Real Coliseo Carlos III

There you go another dandy especially for a performing visit at night in lovely quant San Lorenzo de El Escorial, a lot more than a monastery.

There is a museum link to this theater Real Colegio Carlos III and appropiately call the Museo del Coliseo, not yet in but should be interesting for next visit to keep it in this post for the heads up. Their webpage is here: Tourist office of San Lorenzo on the Coliseo museum

And remember, happy travel, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

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