El Escorial, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain

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El Escorial, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain

The beautiful monastery, El Escorial, is dedicated to San Lorenzo, or Saint Lawrence. It was built on a grid plan to honor St. Lawrence’s martyrdom. Legend has it that he was put on a grid iron with hot coals underneath it and after some time had passed he said, “I’m done on this side. Turn me over.” Now he is known as the patron saint of chefs and cooks.

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