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. To visit Valle de los Caidos on your holiday in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, and find out what else San Lorenzo de El Escorial has to offer, use our San Lorenzo de El Escorial family vacation planner.
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  • They charge nine euros per person and after paying tell me that does not work the funicular and you can not climb to the cross. Otherwise the site is very nice and has very nice views.
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  • The access road to the basilica was beautiful but not well signposted - we eventually decided we should have followed basilica signs to get to the car park. Funicular railway out of action and no acce...  more »
  • Incredible work dedicated to those who died in the bloody contest Spanish; located in the sierra de Guadarrama and nestled in the heart of Cuelgamuros Valley. visit essential if passed by Madrid.
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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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  • 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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  • IMPRESSIVE. I had really wanted to go but never I imagined it as well. Large, spooky, imposing...
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  • I you need to discover it on foot. New visit by car to enjoy calm and immensity of the basilica. It is not the only thing that can be seen and well worth the expensive route follow the monastic zone. Still does not work the funicular or be visited the area of the cross. One of the curiosities I discovered is that Franco planned to be buried in the Pardo, with his wife, but was the King Juan Carlos I who ordered his transfer to this spot, near the altar. On the altar, it is rectangular, being circular presbytery, with a stunning wooden cross. This is little worked conscientiously, to continue giving the impression of tree (perhaps following the symbolism sung in that Lenten hymn which had the look of the penitent people Christ hung which ripe fruit). Of the four angels (actually, archangels) that surround it only there are Biblical sources for three. The quarter called the attention more than others and his trail has sought in traditions and Jewish writings which named him Azrael and be responsible for accompanying the deceased to the divine judgment.
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