Valle de los Caidos, San Lorenzo de El Escorial

(3.7/5 based on 800+ 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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  • Spectacular site, by the landscape and by the historic, bad meaning that despite some. Re-fuel
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  • The Valley of the fallen is something you must visit at least once in life. The normal entry are around € 9 and certainly deserve the penalty. The views from there are incredible, you'll be awed by the magnitude of this pharaonic work. Outside you can enjoy from the large Esplanade outside the door, those great arches, the great Eagles of san juan carved in the wall, and of course the majestic cross that crowns the work, escorted by statues of the four evangelists and others representing the fortress justice prudence and Temperance. The inside part is not far behind. A gigantic dark Hall filled with statues and details up to the part of the chapel just below the cross which is where José Antonio Primo de Rivera and Francisco Franco are buried. As negative side leave no inside photos to which you will have to go something clever to take a souvenir from the inside. It also has a shop in the interior to acquire material from memory.
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  • We were pleasantly surprised, impressed only reached the cross already impresses on the horizon, once there is incredible to witness the great pharaonic work and already inside will be amazed with vaults, statues and other...
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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.