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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  • Beyond what can be represented and what is, the construction is quite impressive, worthy of visit. The views are worth, no doubt. Best to go a day of temperatures, on our visit very cold wind arose and is unpleasant to be left out. Wednesday from 15:00 to 17:00 free entrance showing the ID card.
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  • The monument to the fallen seems a very recommended visit to understand something of Spanish history and culture of last data. Although the monument is quite controversial and frowned upon by a group of Spaniards, if it is important to visit part of the history of Spain, with regard to the orderly place built by General Franco for the rest of fighting them in the Spanish civil war. The place is located 11 kilometres from el Escorial.
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  • The hanging Valley walls is a spectacular framework. Just pass the gate striking the pavement of the road. It is the only know in Spain made of concrete, the first motorways in Germany were made in the 1930s and which are still operating today. The beauty and peace of the Valley are unique. Before going through the viaduct 4 colossal granite columns are seen on both sides of the road. They were intended for the entrance of the basilica, but they feared that the viaduct does not support it weight and left them there. I recommend not to stop in the parking lot and take the car to the monastery and return to the parking surrounding the cross. Thus we have a view from all angles. Still not you can climb to the base of the cross because they are in rehabilitation works, it's a shame because the views from above are unique. Before entering the basilica I recommend go to the end of the Esplanade to admire the whole. On the façade stands out "La Pieta" sculpture with the Christ reclining. Impressive. The interior is sober but majestic. Angels custodians of the entry are as 2 Cyclops. Spectacular gate looks best coming out. The central nave is marked by shrines devoted to the different Virgin especially linked with the different bodies of the army, El Carmen, El Pilar, Loreto... The side walls are decorated with Flemish tapestries. When it comes to the area of banks there to look at the hooded figures of walls, gloomy look. Finally, we reach the large dome with a mosaic Byzantine type that does not go unnoticed. Regardless of your ideological should recognize its uniqueness. Two other interesting elements of this area are the Christ and the choir stalls. On both sides of the high altar there are 2 chapels which give access to the burial area. Visit interesting and recommended despite the number of collectors of water that have to go dodging. To see if just once with the works!.
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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.