Valley of the Fallen, San Lorenzo de El Escorial

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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  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • This is a massive spectacle perched high on a hill with views over the surrounding hills and forests. Behind the triumphant frontage lies a basilica hewn out of the rock leading deep into the heart of the mountain. Franco's tomb lies in the main part of the church and to the sides are chapels to the dead from both sides of the Spanish civil war. It is definitely a moving and thought provoking site to visit as well as a tribute to human endeavour to build such a monument.
  • If you have to choose one thing to do when in Madrid, this is the one thing to do. It is so majestic and humble. I been in the Vatican, and Vatican is impressive. But this Basílica prove the device that "Less is More". I will be back.

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