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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
Phone Number: 34 91 890 5611
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Beautiful architecture!

This I would consider a must see while visiting Madrid or Segovia. The architecture is stunning and the scenery outside is amazing. There is also a cafeteria and gift shop. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This really is a strange old place. Set in a lovely wooded valley 45 minutes outside of Madrid, it's a a huge brutalist edifice that has Franco written all over it. The cross itself is massive and you can see it easily from the motorway, miles before you approach it. The basilica has been hewn out of the rock and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This monument and the setting are like nothing ive ever seen in my life. A 150 metre beautiful cross on top of a mountain. With a magnificent meousuleum underneath. This place is absolutely breathtaking.

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Weston, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

A magnificent place to visit, this is an amazing Catholic basilica and a monumental memorial located in El Escorial, near Madrid. it was conceived by Spanish general Francisco Franco to honour and bury those who fell during the Spanish Civil War -which was from 1936 to 1939. When the construction began in 1940 it was claimed that the monument was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

A beautiful place, a beautiful setting, hugely thought-provoking and an amazing memorial to those who passed during the Spanish Civil War. There is no photography allowed inside, which is unfortunate as always for me as I do love to take photos of pretty much everything. They also request silence inside. I have to admit, as I stepped inside from the... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

This is a church/monument that has been carved out of the mountain granite. It house the remains of the civil war dead from the Spanish civil war in which the dictator Franco won. Franco himself is buried here. The art work and design reminds me of soviet era styles. As churches go, it is interesting and cavernous. If you are... More 

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bardolino
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Enormous monument and church completely lacking in charm, beautifully located and rediculously overpriced. Fascist remnant.

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Community of Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This I would consider a must see while visiting Madrid or Segovia. The architecture is stunning and the scenery outside is amazing. There is also a cafeteria and gift shop. The gift shop I felt was fairly reasonably priced for books and they were in many languages! No photos allowed inside but still worth the trip. It feels like it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

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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Austin, Texas
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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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Address: Address: Carretere de Guadarrama/El Escorial, Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: 34 91 890 5611
Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid

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