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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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Fascism is dead and not kicking, thank the Lord. So come prepared to spit on its grave.

The shadow of Franco still hangs over Spain in so many ways, even if the monuments to his rule have nearly all been erased. But not this one - it's hard to erase a massive void... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 10, 2015
Madrid, Spain

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very beautiful yet sad. Very important to the history of Spain. Reminds me very much of Arlington National Cemetery.

Thank slmueser
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As the title suggests this was an uncomfortable experience as it's difficult to allow yourself to enjoy the spectacular setting if you know something of the history of its construction. It's a sad place but does help to give an insight into the mindset and for that alone I'm glad I visited.

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Bray, Ireland
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited the Valley with some friends from Madrid. It is a wonderful peaceful place with a sad history as to its development. Sitting below in the church (the crucifix you see is directly over the altar) the Gregorian chant echoes off the walls. General Franco is buried there and he used the prisoners of the civil war to build... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While some people talk about the value of visiting this site constructed by Franko, we went along and found the scenery, construction and architecture truly awesome. The scale is really something and the area is absolutely gorgeous.

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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 722 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a superficial level this is simply an awe inspiring monument - massive and imposing - dominating the valley below. Standing on the large open space in front of the monument it is very difficult not to be very impressed. Entering the "Tunnel" which acts as a mausoleum there is a security checkpoint - X ray machine etc etc.... and... More 

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Darwin, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Built as a memorial to 40 000 cadres who died in the Spanish Civil War, this edifice almost defies description. It is set in a beautiful, tree covered rocky valley outside San Lorenzo de El Escorial. As independent travellers, we caught the daily bus from the bus station that departed at 3:15pm and returned at 5:30pm. The fare included entry... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Even while living in Spain I never took the time to visit Valley of the Fallen. But I was recently influenced by a friend who described it as "very moving", so I decided to go and see it during a recent vacation. This is a place whose history is complex. For the casual visitor, the scope of the history here... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

The shadow of Franco still hangs over Spain in so many ways, even if the monuments to his rule have nearly all been erased. But not this one - it's hard to erase a massive void. Worth a drive up the hill to see, for a half hour wander though this cathedral size cave. At least we were saved the... More 

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Rochester, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

Carved into the mountain side with no windows into the outside world. Feel very dwarfed walking through the door itself only to be greeted in the massive basilica. The tombs of those that gave their lives during the spanish civil war are behind the walls. Very somber and quiet with the distinct cross that can be seen for a ways... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

You shouldn't miss this place. Valley of the fallen is the most suitable name. It's a bit dark inside but it's worth to visit!!

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