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. Discover how to plan a San Lorenzo de El Escorial trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • This site, beyond the controversial political charge that has and that I know, is architecturally impressive. A spectacular engineering work. Build the basilica in the middle of the mountain is awesome. Ls I loved sculptures of the four archangels. What I didn't like was the Benedictine monastery and its hospedería.
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  • There's not much that see the Basilica and already. Where is buried Francisco Franco and Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera. We were lucky enough to get a guide of an excursion that explained all that was there and tell us a little more of the history of the site. The place and surroundings had the impression that it is something abandoned. The price of the ticket seemed quite expensive to €9 per person.
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  • If the communists had won the war, they would not have built anything. Respect for Franco and the fascists.  more »

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