Valle de los Caidos, San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Categories: Monuments, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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3.6/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web
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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  • It should be free, at least for the Spanish, impressed to see it for history that collect but, pay to see it and not to take photos of the interior find it me incredible!. With idea up until the cross with the funicular and when we arrived we met is closed for renovation in the sculpture, they should warn whenever there are at the entrance!
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  • Due to the works of maintenance, the trail and funicular railway are not working. Therefore the only thing worth visiting is the basilica. The outside is impressive, but inside surpasses it since it is excavated in the rock. He misses least some reference to the civil war. Therefore my conclusion is that go, but not pay the entrance fee is worth. Wednesday and Thursday afternoon is free.
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  • The funicular is can not rise. At the foot of the cross nor you can climb. Interesting to know the stage of the history of Spain
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  • I wanted to rate this higher but it is a difficult place to get comfortable with. It is certainly awesome in scale but it is a paradox of feelings and purpose. I think there is both forgiveness and hate still brewing here and you can feel the conflict in the design and atmosphere. I think it's something hitler might have built but it is suppose to be a place of healing for the warring factions of the civil war. I don't think it works. Certainly worth a visit.
  • Sad to read so many positive comments here. Spain "modern" democratic country where still there is a monument to a dictator and what is worse, built by slaves or war prisoners. Just imagine this in a country(modern and democratic in its case), having a graveyard, monument and all the pomposity to Hitler and you all must feel proud to visit and walk a place where so many men die.
  • The Vall of the Fallen is an impressive temple placed in the middle of the "sierra". It represents an important part of our history, with the grave of Francisco Franco as its landmark. Always controversial due to its significance as a holy place to the followers of the Spanish version of fascism, it is a must if you visit Madrid.
  • You should not visit this place as it was built by slaves to glorify the dictator Franco who overtook Spain after a military coup. The catholic church should be ashamed to have anything to do with this place.
  • Tour guide told me that it is the largest basilica in the world. It is also a spanish civil war memorial buried more than 4k warriors insides including the leader of nationalist, general Franco. Insides seem a bit scary but outside is a very good place to take nice photos.
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