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Visit to the Valley of the Fallen in San Lorenzo de El Escorial

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The Sierra de Madrid of Guadarrama has a lot of wonders at the nature level, but this time we are going to focus on an incredible construction that took place in a unique place after the Spanish civil war. He is currently one of the most visited monuments of the Community of Madrid, a monument with a colossal cross that surpasses in more than 50 meters to the famous Statue of Liberty of New York. What place do we mean ?.

A little history

The Valley of the Fallen is today a National Heritage monument, which asked to be built by the dictator Francisco Franco one year after the end of the Spanish civil war, on April 1, 1940 in San Lorenzo del Escorial (Madrid), the works however ended on April 1, 1959, the architects who led this building are Pedro Muguruza until 1950 who fell ill and then Diego Méndez who had to relieve him.


Valley of the Fallen
Valley of the Fallen

This place is the largest mausoleum of the Spanish civil war, approximately 30,000 people are buried in it.

Regardless of the political ideal of each one, it is worth the visit for the immensity and for the whole story, positive or negative, that there is “locked”

Visit to the Valley of the Fallen

Currently you can visit both the abbey and the lodge. Two sites that leaving any political or ideological feeling It enjoys a majestic construction in the heart of the Madrid mountains of Guadarrama. For many it is a tourist route through Madrid of the classics, of which they have more history, a history that we all know very recently.

History tells us that there were many prisoners who worked during all the years that the construction lasted, although currently it is not easy to find the exact number since there are many sources and each of them speaks of a different figure. What was said was that they charge an average of 2 pesetas per day of work, although 1.5 pesetas lost it as it was what they had to support.

The Holy Cross Abbey

To reach to the abbey of the holy cross of the valley of thefallen you will find the Frontis part and access stairway, in the middle of the mountain ... the views from this place are beautiful ... if you like photography you can take pictures of the other side of the mountain where there are several hermitages (route of the hermitages of the Valley of the Fallen).


Valley of the Fallen
Valley of the Fallen

Once you enter the abbey, you have to cross an impressive passage to finally reach a circumference of 40 meters where in addition to the altar and a beautiful choir you find the tomb ofJose Antonio Primo de Rivera and of Francisco Franco.

The most significant icon of this construction is the huge cross that stands on it 150 meters high. Currently its base cannot be visited, it has been closed for 5 years for maintenance work and can only be seen from outside.

Hospedería Santa Cruz del Escorial

Currently the Hospedería Santa Cruz del Escorial It is a site that is used as a place of retreat for those who are looking for tranquility and disconnection, for spiritual exercises, courses, conventions, etc ... since the site is quiet and surrounded by nature, although it is part of the Valley of the fallen is somewhat removed from the basilica which allows you to achieve that peace and tranquility.


Hospedería de Santa Cruz
Valley of the Fallen

It has a total of 220 rooms spread over two floors and also has a library, a chapel and a restaurant. If you are looking for a little relaxation it is an ideal place in a place as special as that of the Sierra de Guadarrama


Valley of the Fallen from the route of the hermitages

Practical data

When can you visit?

You can visit every day, the only thing to keep in mind is that if there is a liturgical mass they do not allow you to enter the abbey.

The ticket price is € 9 for adults. Teachers, large families, people with disabilities or unemployed have a discount.

Excursion from Madrid including the visit to El Escorial

A very complete excursion is organized by Civitatis, which includes bus transportation, a visit to the Valley of the Fallen and El Escorial.

See tours to the Valley of the Fallen

How to get?

The Valley of the Fallen is shortly before reaching San Lorenzo de El Escorial, on the M-600 road north of Madrid.

Where to sleep?

  • Hospedería de Santa Cruz. The only accommodation within the valley, a quiet accommodation at a good price


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