Steven Dutch, Professor Emeritus, Natural and Applied Sciences,
Universityof Wisconsin - Green Bay
|Left and below: looking down the valley from the highway from Avila. In the picture at right, below, the Escorial peeps over base of the the hill on the right.|
|Philip II, who decreed the building of the Escorial, had an overlook constructed so he could observe the progress of construction.|
|Puzzling boulder, since this area was never glaciated. Probably weathered in place from an exfoliation sheet.|
|Left and below: Steps to the observation platform.|
|Left: Stone seats.|
|Left: Celestial globe
Below: terrestrial globe from the 1600's.
|Left and below, a giant armillary sphere. The serrated circles make
it look like a formidable weapon, but they're actually degree markings.
An armillary sphere was used for solving navigation and astronomical
problems as well as illustrating the motions of the heavens.
Still, I bet some fingers got cut using this thing.
|Monument to the Eternal Tourist.|
|The basilica from the town of San Lorenzo|
Created 22 June 2007, Last Update 04 June 2020