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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 #61 of 481 Attractions in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This is a very controversial monument. Look up on its history before you go may help you understand its significance and irony. There's a monastery on the back side of the cross. It's about 5-10 min walk from the Chapel to the monastery. Some practical info on how to get here on your own (not with tours): There's a round... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Where to start with this? It's just a very strange place to visit. There is absolutely no information on the political import of the monument, who constructed it, and who's buried there. I mean, they obviously tell you that Franco is there, but if you didn't know any history of 20th c Spain (which, realistically, rather a lot of people... More

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Oakville, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

A sight you want to see to appreciate the scale of the monument. While positioned as a monument to the fallen of the Spanish civil war it really is Franco's thinly veiled monument to himself. His ego knew no bounds.

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Upstate NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I was left behind by my tour group, Julia Tours, at the Valley of the Fallen outside Madrid. Thankfully, Amelia of VPT Tours, eased my concerns when she said of course, they would take me back with them!! I very much appreciated their assistance !!

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Alpharetta, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I visited the Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caidos) as a side trip from El Escorial. After taking the bus to El Escorial, I timed my visit so that I was at the bus station in San Lorenzo at about 3:00 pm. The ticket window opened up and I bought a bus/admission ticket to Valley of the Fallen.... More

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We went on a Julia Tour that only gave us enough time to walk in and out. The funicular was not working so we didnt get to go up to the cross. The place is beautiful. There are many political opinions, but to me it was just a beautiful piece of architecture. The basilica was amazing yet we were not... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Today I want again to "El Valle de Los Caidos, last time I was here was over 30 years ago, back then you could go up to the cross, which you can't anymore, besides that, going inside, you find a beautiful place, to say the least, with a chapel build inside a mountain. water leak through the roof, and the... More

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