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Address: Carretere de Guadarrama, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
Phone Number: 34 91 890 5611
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El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Half-Day Tour from Madrid
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We stayed at the hospederia for the night so we got to see the monument late in the day as well as early in the morning. We wanted to take the funicular to the top but were told... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Edwin F
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Hassocks, United Kingdom
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Madrid, Spain
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47 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Valle de los Caídos is a Catholic basilica and a monumental memorial in the municipality of San Lorenzo de El Escorial near Cuelgamuros Valley in the Sierra de Guadarrama, near Madrid. It conceived by Spanish general Francisco Franco to honour and bury those who fell during the Spanish Civil War. In the construction a significant part consisted of convicts,... More 

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Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caidos) is a vast monument set in the mountainside of a huge park area with an enormous stone cross which is visible for miles. The drive up to the monument is lovely and when you get close to the cross, you realise the scale and wonder of the construction!! The monument was built... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caidos) is a catholic basilica built into the mountain and a huge monument in the municipality of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, near Madrid. It was the idea of General Franco to honor those who died during the Spanish Civil War and the remains of 45,000 (many unknown) are buried behind the Chapel... More 

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Hassocks, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 359 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed at the hospederia for the night so we got to see the monument late in the day as well as early in the morning. We wanted to take the funicular to the top but were told that it has not run for more than eight years.

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Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went up there in the early morning, got to enjoy it without too much tourists around. The location is absolute grand until one visits it in person. The inside is simple but elegant, even if it is said to have buried more than 5000 soldiers inside. Please note that one has to go through security checking to go inside. After... More 

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Tampa, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

At least three hours to visit this location. For this visit, monorail to the cross was under repairs, so we were not able to climb to the top. I know, the view from there is great. They also close early in the day, so check the hours of operation.

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Rockhampton, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was an interesting place to visit; the structure is massive and awe inspiring, yet has a distinctly fascist tone. This makes sense considering it's backstory. Overall I'd say it is worth visiting, but don't expect to walk away feeling entirely sure of your thoughts on the place.

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

I do not know how you rate such a place. There is so much to ponder after visiting it. As the great English historian, Edmund Burke said, "Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it". Valle de los Caidos is enormous and the cross is visible for miles. The drive up to the monument is beautifully scenic!! Then... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Valle de los Caidos carries it's history heavily - it is very hard to step away from its place in the Spanish Civil War, and you can almost feel the presence of those who died to build it as you walk through. Saying that, it's awe-inspiring - its size, the sheer endurance it must have taken to build this into... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Nice and impressive place. In the middle of nature. Highly recommendable. So cheap. Very close to Madrid.

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