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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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It was impressive but we could have planned the trip better. Be careful to know how far it is from the front gate up to the monument if you plan to walk (it's all up hill). It's a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Though it is hard to be reached - there's only one bus per day (see the pic.), it worths to be visited. Not only for the enormous Cross and the large volume of the Basilica but mostly for the unique experience coming from the combination of Nature, Spirit, History and Peace. Don't miss it! It is not some Nazy's Chirch:... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

It was impressive but we could have planned the trip better. Be careful to know how far it is from the front gate up to the monument if you plan to walk (it's all up hill). It's a beautiful natural surrounding but can be tiring especially if it's a hot day. There is only 1 single bus per day that... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

The large cross is visible from many kilometers away and guides you to this amazing place set in a huge park. The cross is reputed to be one of the largest in Europe, but the size of the Basilica hewn out of the rock underneath has to be seen to be believed. Created by prisoners, it is huge and houses... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

I'd count this as a mandatory visit. The giant cross towers over the valley's landscape, with nothing but green around. The views towards it along the way up are amazing. Below it, a huge temple carved on the mountain. Free admission on Wed-Thu between 17h00 and 20h00, but they don't let anyone up after 19h00.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Its a reflecting place that illustrates the fight Spain has had over the decades The structure itself is huge, Very grand and the spanish are very proud of it Excellent place to take photos and its not frowned upon as being disrespectful Well worth a visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Take the trip out as the outside is amazing in size and structure. Then go inside to see a hall carved out of stone longer than 100 meters and four story's high ? It's a shame it's a monument for two men and not the half million that died in the civil war !

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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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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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