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The Valley of the Fallen (El Valle de los Caidos)

Address: Carretere de Guadarrama/El Escorial, Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: 34 91 890 5611
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Ranked #63 of 1,382 things to do in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments & statues, Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Monuments & statues, Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

It was an amazing site to see. One of the most impressive sites I have seen, the sheer size of it is just uncomprehendable. The views are fabulous and well looked after. I just feel that a site like that, should have photos allowed. In years to come, I want to look back at photos and remember it, so I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Even considering that the place was created during the 20th century it's globality can't stay unnoticed. Worth of going.

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Brewster, Massachusetts
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25 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

My husband's historical interest in the Franco regime and this memorial built to house his tomb and honor many of his fallen soldiers during the Spanish Civil War drew us to visit the Valley of the Fallen during our October 2014 trip to Madrid. The ride to the site was beautiful, passing valleys and a few castles along the way.... More 

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New York City, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 via mobile

A stupendous memorial honoring those who died in Spanish civil war. Erected at Cuelgamuros Valley in the Sierra de Guadarrama, approximately 28miles from Madrid. We were awestricken how impressive the granite holy cross is and how incredible the basilica was being carved into the mountain. The stone sculptures at the foot of the cross and the pieta at the facade... More 

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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015 via mobile

Franco's monument to himself. I guess this is the best description of this place where Feanco is burried. The Valle de los Caidos was build by forced labour of polotical prisoners and consist mainly of the Basilva, which is build into the rock with an approx 150m cross on top. The place is very impressive (and a bit depressive if... More 

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32 reviews 32 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

There are so many things that I love about this place... that giant cross (biggest in the world if what I heard is right)... that giant cross that stands on top of the dome of the basilica... the entrance to this place which reminds me of Lord Of The Rings (Helms Deep)... that the basilica falls short by 1 meter... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Still a controversial place in Spain (left government closed the church, the now right one reopens it), this place is not mentioned in most touristic guides. Nevertheless, it´s on the road from Madrid to L'Escorial and you can barely miss the cross on the mountain. Shadowy place, with a church buried under the rock, a 150m high cross, and painting... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

The entire monument is somewhat carved from the side of a mountain, so that in itself makes it interesting architecturally. Walking through this long tunnel-like entrance makes you feel like you're walking into a historical time in the past. The inside is beautiful, but you can't take any pictures; you'll have to settle for buying postcards of the place at... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
37 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Never heard of this place and now have to read books to find out what happened there and what happened in Spain before and after the Spanish Civil War. Thats what happens with travel you then have to read so much about the places. Was blown away by the scale of the area, and when we entered the cave couldnt... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

I have never seen anything like it, you enter a cave right in the middle of the mountain and inside it's like being in a Lord of the Rings movie!

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