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El Escorial & Valley of the Fallen half-day tour from Madrid
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El Escorial & Valley of the Fallen half-day tour from Madrid

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Uncover the mysteries of magnificent landmarks, El Escorial Monastery and The Valley of the Fallen, on an enriching 5-hour tour from Madrid. Travel through the picturesque countryside surrounding Madrid, and embark on a guided tour of the King of Spain’s official residence on arrival at the UNESCO-listed El Escorial landmark. Then, gaze in awe at the monumental memorial of The Valley of the Fallen, a sculpture that commemorates the victims of the Spanish civil war. Gain valuable insight in Madrid’s rich history, and enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from Madrid.
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Thornton C wrote a review Oct 2020
59 contributions38 helpful votes
With a weekend off from work in Madrid, I rented a car and drove the 28 miles out to the Valley of the Fallen. If you can enjoy the construction of the underground cathedral despite its having been built by workers forced by Franco to build the enormous structure, it is quite a phenomenal site. Many years after my visit in 1969, I am surprised to find no review mentioning, much less complaining about, the construction's boasting about its size. In the center aisle, far from the altar you can spot brass lines and measurements embedded in the stone floor. There is one at each of the points comparing that point to the length of the largest above-ground cathedrals. Many consider it improper bragging about the size of the room you are in, but it does provide a good ideas of how large the carved space in which you are standing really is. The entire construction is incredible. Don't focus on all of the elegant carving that looms far above you and miss examining the distance indications at you feet.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Ramona wrote a review Jul 2020
Auckland Central, New Zealand397 contributions106 helpful votes
A truly remarkable area. You can see the cross from a distance and it is just as beautiful up close. We went in July, which is when it would usually be packed. However, since they removed Franco and we are still in the pandemic, we were there with possible 10 other people. The underground church is absolutely exquisite. You would never except to see something so beautiful tucked away in a mountain. Everyone respected social distancing, everyone had masks and there was hand sanitizer available inside. The roads are beautiful to drive down and everything is extremely well kept.
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Date of experience: July 2020
2 Helpful votes
michael B wrote a review Apr 2020
Brooklyn, New York58 contributions54 helpful votes
We took a day trip from Madrid to Escorial to see the Valley fo the Dead monument . 2 weeks before we took the tour [ too difficult to do on your own] we saw on the news that the Dictator Franco's body had been removed form its resting place . We felt the Monument and its History were well worth the trip.
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Date of experience: November 2019
NikoliGogol wrote a review Mar 2020
Edmonton, Canada1,797 contributions190 helpful votes
We chanced on this complex on our way to Madrid. We hired a guide but did not expect what we would see. This complex is dedicated to the casualties of the Spanish Civil War, Republican and Nationalist alike. There is a cross almost 500 feet tall visible for miles. Built into the side of a mountain is a basilica and a mausoleum. The basilica was constructed so large that it was found to be larger than any Vatican church. So as not to overshadow Rome, a divider was constructed so that there is an antechamber limiting the size of the basilica. The construction is quite stark and solemn. A few warnings about a visit here. You are searched on entry and not allowed to take interior photographs. There is a gift shop in the structure. I had left my wallet in the vehicle and was told that I would not be permitted to reenter the basilica. Your guide may have a point of view favouring one side or the other in the Civil War. Our guide seemed harsh towards the Nationalists. Another guide told us after the fact the our original guide lost family on the Republican side, that there were atrocities committed by both sides, and that many Spaniards hold a strong view about one side or the other. This is a site well worth visiting. I was left deeply moved and impressed.
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Date of experience: August 2019
3 Helpful votes
BernieH001 wrote a review Feb 2020
Ennis, Ireland131 contributions105 helpful votes
We stopped here on our way from Toledo to Segovia and were impressed by the enormous scale of the monument. You drive in approx 5km from the entrance gate and are assaulted by the sheer enormity of this place. The huge granite cross built on the mountain (apparently the largest in the world), the Pieta and the enormous basilica. There is something eerie and disturbing about the entirely underground basilica built into the mountain and the gigantic angles watching over everyone. The Valley is the resting place for over 40,000 people who perished during the civil war and up until recently also was home to Franco's grave. Unfortunately no information is available at the monument so do your research before you arrive. This is well worth a trip from Madrid.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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