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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 #43 of 438 Attractions in Madrid
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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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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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

The soaring egotistical architecture of Francisco Franco's monument to the Fallen (and himself) is probably the closest most of us will ever come to the massive neo-classical egotism of the mid-20th century dictators. It is overblown, oversized, hyper-solemn and deliciously magnificent. It's a bit of a drive from Madrid, and because of its gruesome history and the controversial inclusion of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

absolutely magnificent monument. It was built by the fascist criminal that was franco.But if we knocked down every beautiful monument or cathedral in europe by slave labour nothing would be left.This monument is ofcourse cfraher in the mind and in time it will be recognized as one of the most impressive monuments ever built.Ive visited it times and am in... More 

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Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This is one of the less well known attractions outside Madrid. It is a place where 'all the Fallen' are honoured. General Franco is buried there. Incredible views over the valley!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Regardless of it's history it's an amazing place to visit. The views and architecture are breathtaking. One of the highlights of my trip which could only have been made better if I could've taken pictures! But I bought the guide book with much better pictures than I could've taken so it all works out. :)

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