Valley of the Fallen, San Lorenzo de El Escorial

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Valley of the Fallen, a surviving artifact of Francisco Franco’s dictatorship, remains controversial. Intended to honor the dead of the Spanish Civil War, the monument also contains Franco’s tomb. The mountainous area surrounding the monument covers 1360 hectares (3,360 acres), and the monument has a cross visible from a great distance away. The basilica here, one of the largest in the world, serves as an underground crypt and has statues on display. Check the official website to see if your trip coincides with a religious holiday, and try the funicular to reach the top. Discover how to plan a San Lorenzo de El Escorial trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • Regardless of what it represents, as a monument, it is worth visiting. The cross is sublime. And the church dug in the mountain... As a monument it's a blast. It only costs 9 euros and you can enter with food, moreover, there are picnics.
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  • A place worth visiting. It is a wonderful work and has a deep sense of homage to the fallen in war.
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  • 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.
  • This is a basilica hewn out of the mountain north of Madrid. It was built after the Spanish Civil War and is purportedly dedicated to the fallen in that war. However it was only dedicated to the fallen on the nationalist side, the side that won the war. There are plans afoot to remove the remains of General Franco from the basilica. I think it is worth a visit to experience and understand a little part of Spain's history. There are some wonderful sculptures and tapestries.
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