Royal Coliseum of San Lorenzo de El Escorial!

And here is a dandy most often overlook in a very popular spot in my beloved Spain. You can say this is an off the beaten path in San Lorenzo de El Escorial; see the Real Coliseo or Royal Coliseum. I will update this post on text and links for you and me; hope you enjoy it as I do.

So taking you to the wonderful worldly San Lorenzo de El Escorial. 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 the Real Coliseo Carlos III.  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.


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.

The San Lorenzo de El Escorial tourist office on the Real Coliseo:

The Comunidad de Madrid tourist office on the Real Coliseo:

The official Museum Real Coliseo:

There you go folks, 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

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

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