|Monastery at El Escorial|
A tour through these two attractions reinforces the very obvious fact that Spain and the Catholic Church are forever entwined. Even though most Spaniards today do not actively practice their religion, Spanish culture is entirely inculcated with Catholic culture and morals. Once a Catholic, always a Catholic is what I say, although I have several "recovering Catholic" friends who vociferously disagree.
|Tombs within the monastery|
|Chapel ceiling in the monastery|
|Entrance to the basilica at Valle de los Caídos|
|Tiled mosaic on the ceiling of the basilica in Valle de los Caídos|
On a personal note, my father, Ross Cariaga, Junior, has been in my thoughts a lot on this trip. His deathbed wish was that I convert to Catholicism, so I suppose it's only natural that touring all these Catholic holy sights would summon his ghost. But I don't want to ruminate on it over much. Instead, I'll end with a few more (very Catholic) photos, including some from yesterday's visit to Catedrál Almudena in Madrid.
|Holy family on the road (inside El Escorial monastery)|
|In the town of El Escorial|
|Crucifix above the Valle de los Caídos|
|Artwork in the monastery|
|Mary and Jesus in the Catedrál Almudena|
|Schoolgirls in Madrid|
|Crypts beneath Catedrál Almudena|
|Stained glass in Catedrál Almudena|
|A Station of the Cross in Catedrál Almudena|