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

Carretere de Guadarrama/El Escorial, Madrid, Spain
34 91 890 5611
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Ranked #58 of 515 Attractions in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Pasig, Rizal, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

I visited a long time ago but my memories are so vivid they merit s review. It's a majestic monument, this purely from an artistic standpoint. Do not leave Madrid without seeing it, regardless of your political standpoints. It is an artistic marvel, and worth the trip.

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Great Plains
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This monument is rated high as a must see when visiting Spain, and one should realize the impact of Franco and the Spanish Civil War when considering the history of Spain. But we found this site terribly depressing, honors not the people who tried to stop Franco but Franco himself. It tries to make war a noble event and it... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The place was impressive due to the size and scale rather than real beauty but impressive none the less. They had a sign saying no photos of the grave but in the side room you could dedicate a candle to God and Spain...mine wasto Spain.

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Sacramento, CA
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33 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

As a monument, the Valley of the Fallen is an absolute must for all Madrid visitors. From its construction to its wealth of art, it has something for all tourists. I was in awe of how the Valley was built into the landscape and I really enjoyed my time there. My mixed feelings are in its association with Franco and... More

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Petersfield, United Kingdom
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

I went there many years ago, I have travelled a fair bit and seen most of the "Must see" sights of the world, but this took my breath away, no matter what your views of the politics that is all in the past and this is one of the MUST see destinations in the world!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Built by Franco shortly after the end of the Spanish civil war, 40,000 soldiers from both sides are buried here. The Basilica, completed in 1958 is long than St Peters in Rome and huge. Franco is buried here. A gigantic cioss erected above the basilica on a hill can be seen from miles away. The site is very well chosen... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Beautifully laid out and a wonder to see even if you are not a fan of Franco! A master of engineering achievement to see the tunnels.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This place is a construction marvel. The huge cross that stands on the mountain can be seen from miles away. The basilica built into the mountain is unbelievably beautiful and just incredible to visit. Breathtaking views.

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Thurles, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

While it has created some controversy over its building methods and who it was commissioned by, it is still interesting from an architectural standpoint. The basilica is quite staggering in its scale and construction. The monastery on the other side of the hill is quite magnificent too. However, maybe due to the controversy surrounding the site, some of the peripheral... More

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I visit this monument in 1962 while Franco was still in power. I drove myself from Madrid were I was living at the time. Spain at that time was incredible different from the present. You could still see places in Madrid what the war has done. I talked to my neighbords, workers, friends and everybody felt the monument represented all... More

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