huge quadrangle of granite buildings near Madrid, built (16th cent.) by Philip II of Spain: it encloses a palace, church, monastery, etc.
Origin of EscorialSpanish escorial, literally , place where a mine has been exhausted ; from escoria ; from Classical Latin scoria, dross ; from Classical Greek sk?ria, scoria
A monastery and palace of central Spain near Madrid. Built from 1563 to 1584, it was commissioned by Philip II to commemorate a victory over the French and is the burial place of many Spanish sovereigns.