Valley of the Fallen

Valley of the Fallen

The Valley of the Fallen is a Catholic basilica and a monumental memorial in the municipality of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, erected at Cuelgamuros Va...

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The Monastery of El Escorial was built under the reign of the powerful King Philip II as a residence for the Spanish kings. Used also as a m...

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In this tour we will visit the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, an architectural ensemble declared a World Heritage Site, and the Valley of t...

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Combine 2 half-day tours!In this tour you will visit the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, an architectural ensemble declared a World Heritage...

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10 hours
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Available in: English
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The Monastery of El Escorial was built under the reign of the powerful King Philip II to be a residence for the Spanish kings. Used as a mon...

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11 hours
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Available in: English
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If you're planning to stay in Madrid and you are passionate about architecture, you can't miss this half-day experience. Get ready to explor...

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The Valley of the Fallen is a Catholic basilica and a monumental memorial in the municipality of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, erected at Cuelgamuros Valley in the Sierra de Guadarrama, near Madrid. The memorial is located almost 10km from the Escorial Monastery.

Dictator Francisco Franco ordered its construction in 1940 and it was inaugurated in 1958, becoming a Spanish National Heritage in 1959. It served as the burial place of Franco from his death in November 1975 until his exhumation on 24 October 2019.

The complex is composed of the Benedictine Abbey of the Holy Cross of the Valley of the Fallen, an inn to attend to tourism, and a basilica, all dominated by a 150-meter monumental cross.

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Valley of the Fallen Carretera de Guadarrama/El Escorial, 28209 San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid, Spain Madrid
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