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Valley of the Fallen

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Address: Carretere de Guadarrama, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, 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 August 15, 2015

This was an awe inspiring place. From the moment you see in the distance the shape of the cross, you know you are going to visit somewhere special. The valley of the Fallen contains the remains of those who died in the Spanish Civil War and their descendants. Franco, the dictator, also wanted a suitable place to be buried to... More 

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South Denmark, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Fantastic place with a lot of atmosphere - both outside and inside the amazing church with Franco's grave.

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

I visited this beautiful place on a pilgrimage to Salamanca and the mass in the basilica was awesome ,the choir and monks were very humbling to listen to and see.Wonderful history of this great part of the country and digging deeper the whole history of the region is very interesting . I would advise all visitors to the Leon region... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Huge, massive, big! Is worthy to go there. Maybe the most impressive place in whole spain. The problem is that you need special transport to go there from city centre

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galveston, texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

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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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

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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Oxford, United Kingdom
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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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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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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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