Valle de los Caidos, San Lorenzo de El Escorial

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Valle de los Caidos, a surviving artifact of Francisco Franco’s dictatorship, remains controversial. Intended to honor the dead of the Spanish Civil War, the monument also contains Franco’s tomb. The mountainous area surrounding the monument covers 1360 hectares (3,360 acres), and the monument has a cross visible from a great distance away. The basilica here, one of the largest in the world, serves as an underground crypt and has statues on display. Check the official website to see if your trip coincides with a religious holiday, and try the funicular to reach the top. Discover how to plan a San Lorenzo de El Escorial trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • Re-fuel for being part of our history; but pay 9 euros for its entry seems excessive in the only place where there is something to remember (inside the basilica) is forbidden to take photographs.
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  • It appalled to see such Temple because of its size. I thought it was wonderful. Sadly, such restricted hours and little care that heritage.
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  • Exceptional site is our history like it or not like it, and not like that that will not be doing as he did it is part of the history of Spain and I am Spanish site is majestic with stunning views you have to remember that if pictures cannot be is they have to do as disrespectful parents who leave being walked on a tomb regardless of who is a sacred site
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  • The landscape is very beautiful. The basilica is in very good condition and worth entering. The cross is impressive.
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  • Monument completed in 1959 and made Basilica in the 1960, excavated in rock by the repressed and prisoners of the coup of 1936, this Basilica pharaonic and exaggerated, is full of huge sculptures and many other excavated in rock, as well as numerous tapestries on the walls. A small Baptistry is exposed to what is supposed was built. There are two graves of two dictators and coup leaders in the central part with two bouquets of flowers. Not accessible to people in wheelchairs. Leaks of water in the rock are damaging the roof.
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  • Of the most beautiful places I've visited in Spain! Basilica inside against the mountainside, great looking abroad also.
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  • Impressive building. Leaving aside that might mean politically for each, the location is beautiful and the inside... you do not know it until you see it. Think that the basilica is built under a mountain... seems to me amazing. Highly recommended (if you are interested in the history and art). By the way, I do not understand why it is not allowed to take pictures inside. I simply don't understand it.
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  • An amazing place full of all the symbolism of the Spanish civil war, walk through the vast cave dug into the stone and respect is breathed by ideals, a sacred place that will endure the men.
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