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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, Yet Sad

The beauty of the the area is simply amazing! For us, it was a little difficult to truly enjoy due to the history of the memorial.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

An amazing place. This is not because of the controversial history, but rather the architecture, church interior and scenic surroundings. I was at the Valley in 1970 in a mood-setting snowstorm, but this visit - 45 years later in sunshine - was better. I think this is the Madrid area's best tourist spot. Suggestion: read the history and understand the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

This place is one-of-a-kind and, if you can separate the art and architecture from the controversial political context, it is well worth visiting as a day trip from Madrid.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The beauty of the the area is simply amazing! For us, it was a little difficult to truly enjoy due to the history of the memorial.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

El Valle de los Caidos, near El Escorial. We visited both places on the same day. The setting for this church is incredible and the size of it unbelievable - it has been carved out the rock. The artwork is a stunning representation of the time. For those interested in Spanish history, Franco and J.Antonio are buried there. Photos are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This striking, emotive memorial to Spanish Civil War dead was built into the side of the mountain by prisoners of war. Giant cross at top of mountain. Burial site of Franco and Jose Antonio. Great views from the grounds, set in beautiful woodland. I took a bus trip from El Escorial bus station, 11 Euros round trip inclusive of entrance... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

A friend told us to make certain to visit this place while in Madrid and he was right. We stopped here on our drive from the northern coast on our way to Madrid. Once entering the gates, you drive about three miles up through heavily wooded grounds. At the top is the largest cross I have ever seen. The Basilica... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Built during the dictatorship this is a must visit place. There is an impressive church caved within a granitic mountain and a giant cross on top of the place. The possibilities of the visit are limited. Due to political reasons part of the complex is not open (view point from the cross base, funicular train, etc.)

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

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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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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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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