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Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caídos)

A striking monument to those who lost their lives during the Spanish Civil War, the Valley of the Fallen, or Valle de Los Caidos, is a poignant dedication to the 40,000 victims whose remains lie buried beneath. The immense structure features a basilica and tomb complex set in a mountain valley north of El Escorial and is topped by an enormous 500-foot-tall stone memorial cross – allegedly the tallest monument of its kind in the world and visible for miles around.

The impressive site is an admirable achievement, but one not without controversy. In fact, many dispute the nature of a monument that only commemorates two names – the Nationalist dictator General Francisco Franco who commissioned the monument and José Antonio Primo de Rivera, founder of the Fascist Falange – believing the monument to be a one-sided tribute to the victorious, rather than a sign of post-civil war reconciliation. Also under contention is the fact that the monument, erected in 1959, was built by forced labor under the dictatorship of General Franco, taking thousands of political prisoners over 18 years to complete and costing many their lives in the process. Despite the controversy though, the memorial remains one of the country’s most dramatic cenotaphs and walking through the underground crypt is a harrowing reminder of the bloody battle.

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El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

4 star rating: Recommended 291 Reviews

Experience the grandeur of Spain on a guided half-day visit to El Escorial monastery and the Valley of the Fallen monument from Madrid. Discover why the ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.98

Madrid Card

4 star rating: Recommended 126 Reviews

Discover the rich history and culture of Madrid with your Madrid Card. Gain entry to over 50 museums, partake in a "Discover Madrid" walking tour, ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: Varies

From USD $61.48

Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery and Toledo Day Trip from Madrid

4 star rating: Recommended 60 Reviews

Pay less and get more on this Madrid Super Saver tour, which combines a visit to El Escorial Monastery with a half-day tour of Toledo. Spend the morning at El ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $129.80

Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery, Valley of the Fallen and Panoramic Madrid Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 25 Reviews

Combine two tours in one and see the best of the Spanish capital with a visit to El Escorial Monastery and a sightseeing tour of Madrid. This day trip takes ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.64

Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery and Aranjuez Royal Palace Day Trip from Madrid

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 5 Reviews

The Madrid Super Saver combines two best-selling tours at a discounted price – becoming a fantastic day out. Experience the grandeur of El Escorial monastery, ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $127.07

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