Almost every royal family has its notable burial place where royal leaders are laid to rest once they are dead. Spanish Royal families have their royal burial chamber situated in San Lorenzo del Escorial, where every monarch has been buried since the 16th century till date. However, the Spanish kingdom has a “Rotting Room” where all remains of late monarchs are reduced to bones before they are placed in sepulchers. El Pudridero is a Spanish name for Rotting Room, which was Felipe during the 16th century, and could also be referred to as a shrine of death. The El Pudridero, consisting of a tomb in the shape of a wedding cake with royal babies around it, detailed war amours with a gridiron-like structure. The pantheon Real de El Escorial, also known as the Royal Pantheon, is a burial chamber made up of marbles, and it consists of identical tombs with shining nameplates carefully placed on them.
Each monarch is expected to visit his grave at least once before death, to ensure that it properly fits. It is located at some feet’s behind the Pantheon walls, only to be accessed by the monks at the Escorial. The passage that leads to the room is private and is usually referred to as a secret room. Elscorial was constructed by the order of King Philip ll from 1563 to 1584. It was a product of an insatiable desire to have an organized place where his remains, that of the parents and descendants will be laid for historical purposes. As a result of his quest, he contracted an architect Juan Bautista de Toledo who helped construct the complex. He likewise wanted a remembrance of a battle victory against French territories which took place on August 10th 1557, the feast day of San Lorenzo.
As a result of this, the resting place complex bears a name such as San Lorenzo. The Basilica of El Escorial has a crypt under its floor. Its burial chamber consists of two groups, one for kings and queens that is the Pantheon of kings. The other is the pantheon of princes, for princes, princesses and all descendants. Its chambers were exquisitely made of beautiful plated bronze embellished of polished wood together with marbles. The chambers are made of quality reliable materials that do not wear out easily. Deceased royal members are not allowed to be buried in the final resting room, rather their bodies are allowed to decay properly before being taken to the final resting room.
This process takes about 30 to 50 years interval before it completely decomposes. The tombs are made of fine architectural designs with each king laying beside his queen. Each king has a well sculptured Lion laying by his feet and each queen has a well sculptured Lioness by her feet as well. Verily, the Spanish Royal Kingdom takes great pride in being nursed with care while laying their loved ones to rest. It is their desire to keep the structures of their dead relatives for future reference purposes. Monks from the monastery are the only people permitted to visit the grave room. These people are properly trained and educated on the residing history that gave birth to its practices.
They are properly educated on how best to approach the sacred grave chambers to avoid desecration. Though those in the rotting room are all dead, they are being respected and paid maximum attentions like royalties even in death. El Escorial is located about 45 kilometers northwest of Madrid, it has lots of amenities such as museums, universities, hospitals, royal palaces, monasteries, basilicas, schools, and libraries. San Lorenzo has two major structural designs that possess great cultural and historical settings. The first is a royal monastery made up of the royal family, grave chambers and all royal necessities. While the second architectural structure is referred to as La Granjilla de La Fresneda, its place where the powers of the monks as well as that of the Catholic religion could express themselves.
Recently, two sets of remains, number 24 and 25 are the late parents of Juan Carlos King, who is still in Pudridero, the rotting room. Those that are yet to be taken to the chambers of kings, their arrival would create scarcity as all tombs would be filled up.