Valle de los Caidos, San Lorenzo de El Escorial

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Monument Landmark
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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  • This place - MUST SEE!!! Immense catholic basilica is stunning on the inside and outside. This place left me awe. Easy to drive from Madrid, free parking. Must go!!!  more »
  • Amazing location, very easy to get to via a bus from the Escorial bus station. Beautiful sites, inside and out. The bus ride was about 15 mins. Very worth it.  more »
  • In the mountains and off the road between Segovia and San Lorenzo del Escorial. A monument to those who died during the terrible Spanish Civil War. While the monument itself is rather somber, there ar...  more »
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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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