El Escorial · Madrid (english)

 

"Bring Your Body and Your Mind Will Follow"

Madrid

Madrid is the capital of Spain and is also known as the “Town and Court”. It is the most populated city in the country, with 3,182,981 inhabitants. The population of its whole metropolitan area mounts to 6,543,031 inhabitants, making it the third largest metropolitan area of the European Union, after the ones of Paris and London. Madrid is one of the cities with the best life quality in the world. In economic terms, it is the fourth richest city in Europe after London, Paris and Moscow.

It is an influential cultural hub and has lots of museums of international reference. Most notably are the Museo del Prado, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (CARS) and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Madrid is one of the main Spanish tourist destinations with lots of monuments like the Royal Palace, Temple of Debod, Retiro Park, as well as fairs, cultural and sports activities, etc. Close to the city one can visit famous historic towns such as El Escorial, Alcala de Henares (birthplace of Cervantes), Toledo, Segovia and Avila.

It was not until the eleventh century that Madrid got incorporated by the Crown of Castile, after being conquested by Alfonso VI STI of Leon and Castile in 1083. It was designated as the seat of the Court by King Philip II in 1561, becoming the first permanent capital of the Spanish monarchy. From the Renaissance to the present it has been the Capital of Spain, the king’s residence, and the seat of the government and the Parliament, except for brief intervals of time.

Madrid is characterized by its cosmopolitan and welcoming character. There is an old saying which defines the city and the experience of its visitors well: "From Madrid to Heaven"

The city of El Escorial where we will hold the International Convention is very close...

 

"Stick With The Winners"

El Escorial

El Escorial is a town in the Madrid’s metropolitan area, which hosts the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, a complex including a royal palace, basilica, cemetery, library, school and monastery.

The palace was the residence of the Spanish Royal Family. The basilica is the burial place of the kings of Spain. The monastery is up to today occupied by monks. It is one of the most unique buildings of Renaissance architecture in the whole of Spain and Europe. It occupies an area of ​​33,327 m², on the southern slope of Mount Abantos, at 1028 m above sea level in the Sierra de Guadarrama.

Also known as the Monastery of San Lorenzo El Real, or simply El Escorial, it was devised in the second half of the sixteenth century by king Philip II and his architect Juan Bautista de Toledo, and at the death of the latter continued by his pupil Juan de Herrera and others. It was built between 1563 and 1584.

It was considered, from the late 16th century, the  8th World Wonder, both because of its size,  functional complexity and enormous symbolic value. Its architecture marked the transition of the Renaissance classicism. Its paintings, sculptures, choir books, scrolls, liturgical ornaments and other luxury objects make it into an extraordinary museum. Its complex iconography and iconology has received the most varied interpretations of historians, admirers and critics.

In January 2019 a most important event for those affected by sexaholism will be held in this town, famous for its 450-year old monastery known as the 8th World Wonder. Join us and live together with us an experience of recovery and love!

The Slogans contain the wisdom of the 12-Step program and are signs indicating the way towards a full experience of the wonder of our recovery.

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