Valley of the Fallen, San Lorenzo de El Escorial

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Valley of the Fallen, 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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  • Visited September 9, 2021. Well worth the trip from Madrid. I'll start with instructions on how to visit, as there is conflicting information online, then put some warnings/things to be aware of. I....  more
    Visited September 9, 2021. Well worth the trip from Madrid. I'll start with instructions on how to visit, as there is conflicting information online, then put some warnings/things to be aware of. I....  more »
  • I am not into politics. The Spanish Civil War was horrible, but this is a nice place built in a secluded area. The church is surrounded by mountains and pines. I was not thrilled with the idea of... 
    I am not into politics. The Spanish Civil War was horrible, but this is a nice place built in a secluded area. The church is surrounded by mountains and pines. I was not thrilled with the idea of...  more »
  • Very impressive location and monument, definitely worth a visit. Entrance was free when we visited on a Sunday afternoon as europeans. Unfortunately the little tram was closed because of covid. Make....  more
    Very impressive location and monument, definitely worth a visit. Entrance was free when we visited on a Sunday afternoon as europeans. Unfortunately the little tram was closed because of covid. Make....  more »
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  • This is a massive spectacle perched high on a hill with views over the surrounding hills and forests. Behind the triumphant frontage lies a basilica hewn out of the rock leading deep into the heart of the mountain. Franco's tomb lies in the main part of the church and to the sides are chapels to the dead from both sides of the Spanish civil war. It is definitely a moving and thought provoking site to visit as well as a tribute to human endeavour to build such a monument.
  • If you have to choose one thing to do when in Madrid, this is the one thing to do. It is so majestic and humble. I been in the Vatican, and Vatican is impressive. But this Basílica prove the device that "Less is More". I will be back.
  • Huge magnificent architecture. I spent most of my time looking up and around. Controversial site but nonetheless simply superb. Must see place. The surrounding landscape is just as beautiful. Great for a day out. Highly recommended. Can get busy at times.
  • What a structural feat to pull off. To have a mammoth stone cross atop the basilica where inside's a high ceiling and large space-bigger than st Peter's
  • Impressive. Tours are very short, so go prepared to walk fast and take it all in.

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