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

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Address: Carretere de Guadarrama/El Escorial, Madrid, Spain
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Visited the Valley of the Fallen without having a clue as to its significance. As it turns out this site is a monument to the triumph of the Spanish Christian forces over the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 2, 2015
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Niteroi, RJ
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

If you are not driving, make sure to get one of the day trip tours that leave Madrid daily combining this tour with El Escorial. This is worth the trip as its impressive piece of monument. If you get to visit in a good weather, you'll get some good pictures!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Visited the Valley of the Fallen without having a clue as to its significance. As it turns out this site is a monument to the triumph of the Spanish Christian forces over the Spanish Republican (Communist) forces. The project was commissioned by Generalissimo Franco and it was used as a symbol of good versus evil. All Republican (Communist) prisoners were... More 

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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I love it, is incredible , is beautiful, General Franco , history of Spain, only 45 minutes from Madrid, dont miss it...you can drive and park right there, Is very important to visit this incredible place.

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Chesterfield, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Simple beautiful! A buried treasure in the middle of a hunting reserve. Beautiful overlooks, and to walk inside of the church will leave you breathless. The fundicular was not running the day that we were there but that would've been the only thing that could've made this stop better.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Been here with my partner in a sunny Saturday. After paying the 9€ for the entrance and not having many expectations on it we went inside the PLACE. Wow... After reading the story of the place and the style it has I have to say that paying that was fine. 40 minutes driving from Madrid and easy access to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This was the surprise enjoyment of our trip. I knew we were going here based on a tour we had booked but knew very little about it prior to going. When we arrived, however, I was blown away. It was beautiful and creative. It surprised me that Franco had commissioned this but am glad he did. It was a great... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I visited this attraction in combination with a longer visit to El Escorial, which (in my opinion) is the way to do it. I would not have made a special trip for this attraction. Impressive in its way, but (as the guide observed) somewhat controversial because of its connection to Franco.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Built by Franco the Dictator, this underground cathedral is not your common cathedral you find in Europe. Usually combined with the visit to El Escorial, this place is a bit hard to get to if you don't have a car. Your choices are either taxi, or a bus which only runs once a day (3:15pm, 5:30 return) from El Escorial... More 

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Kaliua, HI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

It is hard to visit el Valle de los Caídos without thinking about how this monument came into being. It is an impressive sight, with deliberately grand carvings, long naves, dim lighting (inside) and beautiful, sweeping vistas outside. The Pietà sculpture over the entryway is iconic. Unlike every other church or war monument I have visited, knowing that this structure... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We visited the Valley of the Fallen as part of a half-day bus trip from Madrid that we booked through Viator. The package made it easy for us to visit without having to figure out our own travel. The sight is impressive to behold but complicated to comprehend due to the politics around its creation. The large cross can be... More 

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