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  • Address: Spain
  • Hours: Mon: Closed. Winter: Tue-Sun 10am - 6pm, Wed-Thu 3pm - 5pm Free entry. Summer: 10am - 6:30pm, Wed-Thu 4pm - 6pm Free entry.

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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 and Valley of the Fallen Tour from Madrid with Optional Toledo or Madrid Visits, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Tour from Madrid with Optional Toledo or Madrid Visits

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Book this tour and in less than six hours you will visit El Escorial Monastery and The Valley of the Fallen, two of the most known and impressive monuments in ...  Read more

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

From USD $68.96
El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Half-Day Tour from Madrid, Madrid, Half-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Half-Day Tour from Madrid

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 13 Reviews

Take this 5-hour tour of the UNESCO-listed El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid. Delve into the fascinating history of the El ...  Read more

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

From USD $50.10
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Valley of the Fallen and El Escorial from Madrid with Optional Toledo, Madrid, Half-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Valley of the Fallen and El Escorial from Madrid with Optional Toledo

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Visit two of the most impressive monuments in Madrid, the Escorial Monastery and the huge cross and site of The Valley of the Fallen, on this exciting 6-hour ...  Read more

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

From USD $68.96
Private Day Tour of Madrid Higlights with Visits to Escorial Monastery and Valley of the Fallen, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Day Tour of Madrid Higlights with Visits to Escorial Monastery and Valley of the Fallen

Enjoy this private day tour outside of Madrid including visits to the Monastery of the Escorial and Valley of the Fallen. You will travel in a private vehicle ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $257.52
El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen and Toledo Day Tour from Madrid, Madrid, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen and Toledo Day Tour from Madrid

4 star rating: Recommended 33 Reviews

Discover the magnificent Monastery of El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen and visit the "Imperial City" Toledo on this day tour. This full-day tour is a ...  Read more

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

From USD $103.44
Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Tour with Flamenco Show, Madrid, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Tour with Flamenco Show

Your morning will be spent in Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen. Then, in the evening, enjoy a flamenco show including one drink. Doing both activities in ...  Read more

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

From USD $99.13
Private Tour El Escorial and The Valley of the Fallen from Madrid, Madrid, Theater, Shows & Musicals
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Private Tour El Escorial and The Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

Enjoy on this private tour of two special places in the mountains near Madrid city. They are 'El Escorial' and 'El Valle de los Caídos' (the Valley of the ...  Read more

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

From USD $117.76
El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid, Madrid, Custom Private Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

4 star rating: Recommended 436 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 $70.04
Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery and Toledo Day Trip from Madrid, Madrid, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

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

4 star rating: Recommended 88 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: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.98
Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery, Valley of the Fallen and Panoramic Madrid Sightseeing ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

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

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 26 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 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $85.12

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