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Address: Carretere de Guadarrama, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
Phone Number: +34 918 90 56 11
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El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Tour from Madrid with Optional Toledo or...
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Private Day Tour of Madrid Higlights with Visits to Escorial Monastery and...
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Private Tour El Escorial and The Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

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A Monument for the Ages (Size, History): Emotionally Powerful Structure

We went out to visit this monument because it is where Franco was buried. We drove to this site along with another trip to Segovia. We could see the cross on the top of the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Murphy, Texas
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Murphy, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went out to visit this monument because it is where Franco was buried. We drove to this site along with another trip to Segovia. We could see the cross on the top of the mountain from miles and miles away. We parked with easy (not many people there that day). We could not see much from the outside. Once... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This memorial to the Spanish Civil war is an impressive and emotionally powerful structure. Do not miss it! There is no information about the history of the war, construction of the basilica, or who is buried there. I suspect that is because it is very controversial in Spain. It is a short drive from Madrid. One then drives through a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to see where Franco was buried. Was I ever surprised to see just how magnificent this place was. Well worth a visit just for the scenery alone. A very moving and spiritual place

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

Spain itself seems conflicted on this memorial where Francisco Franco is buried and with him thousands who fought on both sides of the Spanish Civil War. Some were prisoners forced to construct the monument and massive cross that can be seen for miles. It is a must see if you want a better understanding of an important period of 20th... More 

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Manotick, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

I got the impression that this was Franco's version of Germany's Walhalla. The scale of this monument, particularly the cavernous interior is very impressive. We were told that between 7,000 and 25,000 (depending on the loyalties of the speaker) slave worker prisoners died building this place...makes you wonder. Highly recommended but do some homework first.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

Solemn, stunning, magnificent, sad. So many adjectives to describe it but you should see it for yourself if you are in the El Escorial area already visiting the monastery and you are interested in Spanish history. It's not necessary for small children however (the basilica requires silence). Tips - don't worry about the bus ride. It's easy but yes, it... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

You need to understand or research the history of the Spanish Revolution to best appreciate this site. The location is wonderful - actually better than wonderful. The history is either horrible or glorious depending on how the revolution affected you and continues to affect Spain. I did not see any docents available, so either do a tour or take a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

The most impressive monuments I ever visited. Surprised me that there were more inside "cave" tunnel place the underground church and tomb topped with 500 foot stone cross. So beautiful. I can't imaged how they did this. Love it. This is a long converging tunnel (technically a basilica). Best to see this. Very scenic area. Cafe I had a homemade... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

WS hRd to get info did not want 100/euro prepId tour..there might be othdr ways of doing it but this was convenient and inexpensive.saw mo astery in morning.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

It is very interesting how it was built. Dictator Franco had prisoners from the civil war to build it. It is a little plain inside but it does not need a lot to be impressive.

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