Valle de los Caidos, San Lorenzo de El Escorial

(3.7/5 based on 850+ 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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  • An amazing place. I am not going to enter into political or historical demagogues, I'm going to focus on the cultural heritage as such. All the enclosure is brutal, of proportions pharaonic. The large cross, visible from many miles, is of desmensuradas proportions and at its base we find the giant statues of the evangelists. The immense Esplanade where the huge doors towards the inside. We have to think that everything inside is tunneling in rock interior height is enormous. Two bronzes archangels receive the cavity to reach a vault listings in spectacular mosaic. I thought it was a unique site. Is that there are people who focus on the tomb of Francisco Franco and Primo de Rivera but just this detail is less important, as when it explores the interior of a pyramid, the treasure is the tomb of the Pharaoh and the riches of the Chamber where was buried, in this monument, everything is a treasure It is open to the public and shows the greatness of man doing amazing buildings in complicated sites as it is the Valley of Cuelgamuros, a beautiful place to go and spend half a day. For which no les goes them visits Express, there are banks for snacking and baths public in the parking. There is also a funicular running with your own schedule. When I let us go free, in concrete a Wednesday afternoon, not is if it is the day of the spectator or coincided, but you don't always have to pay.
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  • Putting aside the ideologies of ones and others, it is a colossal, located in a privileged natural environment work. But would agree do urgent works of restoration in the base of the cross, the funicular, the leaks of water in the inside of the Basilica... etc. that spoil the monument. And should become a Memorial to the fallen of both sides, in a monument to FORGIVENESS and reconciliation.
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  • Aside from the fights and the history, we can see a monument made in the rock that is worth seeing. It is difficult to shake off first thing.
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  • This magnificently constructed war memorial built mainly inside a mountain is probably unique on the planet. The concept is colossal as was the senseless sacrifice of those involved in the civil war. The isolated location adds beautifully to its melancholy feel.
  • Impressive basilica and natural site. Not to be missed.
  • 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.
  • Hidden place for most of these the tourist but it's a must when visiting Madrid. Access Is not easy but you can find some tours.
  • 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.