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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 #65 of 439 attractions in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Upstate NY
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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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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Sydney, Australia
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014 via mobile

We went there as part of a half day excursion. Never have I been in a place that just feels pure evil. The basilica didn't feel like any other place of worship. It felt like going to a Nazi concentration camp or a russian gulag. I had to gasp for fresh air when I exited. A monument built by a... More

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Malaga, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

When we were in Madrid recently, some friends who live there brought us the Valle de los Caidos. We had not been there in years. It was a beautiful day with the sun shining, so I was able to take many good photos from the outdoors. No photography is allowed inside the Basilica, which is too bad. What impressed me... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014 via mobile

Why does one visit a site? The reasons for visiting a site is to appreciate the history of the country, to learn the different of the culture, to appreciate the beauty of place or to accumulate knowledge of the site. The Valley of the Fallen is huge beyond human scale. Therefore taking photo of the exterior was not possible because... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

We went on a tour and visited this memorial dedicated to those who died in the Spanish war of 1936,while the bus that was taking us to this site was going up the drive you ,we could see the huge cross on the summit with angels around it.we then left the bus and went in the basilica ,it contain beautiful... More

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Madrid, Madrid, Spain
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36 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

The gardens and funicular are in disrepair. They charge 9 Euros per person to enter unless you talk them down to some other category for which they offer a discount. The views of the valley are excellent. No photos are allowed inside so you would have to buy their books at the "gift" shop. It's over the top for Franco's... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

With mixed feelings like awe and disgust, as this place amazes on many levels and aspects. I've been here with my girlfriend who didn't know anything before except it's the grave of Franco and I recommend you don't study too much on beforehand.

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