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The Valley of the Fallen is a Spanish monumental complex built between 1940 and 1958 and located in the valley of Cuelgamuros, in the municipality of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, in the Community of Madrid. It is located in the Sierra de Guadarrama...more
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Built by Franco using slave labor, the defeated Republican troops, this is a highly controversial monument in religio-fascist style with monumental statues of soldiers combined with the stations of the cross. Most disturbing were the graves of Jose Antonio and Franco both covered with fresh...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Emily R
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Huge magnificent architecture. I spent most of my time looking up and around. Controversial site but nonetheless simply superb. Must see place. The surrounding landscape is just as beautiful. Great for a day out. Highly recommended. Can get busy at times.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nestled in the impressive valley of the fallen, there is a huge cross, which can be seen from tens of kilometers. It contains the tombs of Francisco Franco and José Antonio Primo de Rivera, related to the ideology that supported the regime prior to the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank carlosmZ7539EG
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From a pure attraction perspective, this place is immensely impressive. It is grandiose both from the outside, with the sheer size of the cross and monument below it, both perched on a hilltop. From the inside, it is again striking, as the size of the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Isa-Francis
Reviewed March 3, 2019

If you read the bad reviews about this place keep them in mind for this was not built to remember Franco but to Remember those who died during the Civil War. Yes much of it was built by slave labor but the building is one...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed January 31, 2019

This place is controversial. We viewed from a distance from the coach and I have no seat desire to see it. It would be giving homage to Franco

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Catherine E
Reviewed January 20, 2019

The huge 150-metre cross at The Valley of the Fallen is visible from aircraft arriving at Madrid, and you get a sense of the size once you’ve entered the complex. An hour’s drive from Madrid centre, I arrived Wednesday afternoon when the entrance fee is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Minnie G
Reviewed January 13, 2019

I really enjoyed this place, is peaceful and has a lot of history!! LOVE IT!! don't forget to bring the camera! =)

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank IgnacioFernandez09
Reviewed January 13, 2019

Amazing site, not only the architecture but also the area where it was built in the mountains, it is just beautiful. If you go to Madrid do not forget to visit the site to understand and experience its magnificent structure and peace.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Chancha
Reviewed January 2, 2019

I've been here twice and each time I come, I'm filled with a sense of history and the determination of men. The basilica built into a mountain with a huge cross on top of the mountain that can been seen from miles away were built...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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noahhayden
February 7, 2019|
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Response from Chancha | Reviewed this property |
No, you do not need to, just once you get there
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Response from AlexF939 | Reviewed this property |
From parking area to Monument about half kilometer or 500 m. There was no alternative to climb to the top of the cross other than the funicular which is or was undergoing repairs.
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