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Address: Carretere de Guadarrama, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
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El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Tour from Madrid with Optional Toledo or...
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Private Tour El Escorial and The Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

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This basilica is very special, and interesting even if you are not interested in churches. Take the train from Madrid (Atocha Renfe or Sol) to El Escorial, it takes about less... read more

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This basilica is very special, and interesting even if you are not interested in churches. Take the train from Madrid (Atocha Renfe or Sol) to El Escorial, it takes about less than an hour and only €4,- El Escorial was the last stop on the line, so no problem getting there. Trains leave to and from El Escorial once an... More 

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Luquillo, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Entering this buildind is an amazing experience. The view from the huge terrace is breathtaking. Entering the place leaves you speachless. Quite place to meditate. Here is the tomb of Francisco Franco too.

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

The Cross of The Valley of the Fallen about half an hour from Madrid,is the highest in the world.It mesures:the basement surrounded by the statues of the four Evangelists,is 25 meters high.The second partís 17 meters high,surrounded by the Four Cardinal Virtues.On top of it all is The Cross itself with 108 meters .In all150 meters from its base and... More 

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Falls Church, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

We were surprised by how much we enjoyed visiting the Valley of the Fallen. My wife and I took a half-day bus trip from Madrid to El Escorial, which was as spectacular as expected, and the Valley of the Fallen was included in the tour. I was skeptical, since the Basilica has a reputation for being brutally ugly, but we... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

It's a Spanish Civil War Monument built by dictator Franco. They spent 2 decades building it. It has the tallest cross in the world. Inside is a church. No pictures are allowed inside. Scenari is just spectacular.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

I visited the Monastery of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen with a tour booked through the hotel/ Julia Travel. The huge cross stands out from the freeway before you get to the Valley and then the Basilica is beyond what I expected when I entered and beautiful.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

We visited the Valley of the Fallen after visiting the monastery of El Escorial. The first thing one sees is the huge cross on top of the mountain. It can be seen all the way from the highway coming from Madrid. Although the basilica is impressive, one must not forget the symbolism of the place. This is where Franco is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

We visited in December 2016. There was almost no one at the site when we visited. It is an amazing monument / cathedral that is hollowed out of the side of a mountain. The size of the monument is stunning and the views are fantastic. We were able to get some really neat pictures because no one was in or... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

Fascist architecture meets a doomsday bomb shelter. Worth the experience, the tragic history, and the bizarre results. The symbolism of it all is complex.

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Brisbane
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

What a place. A piece of history that will leave you speechless. The audacity to build such a place, the brilliance to tunnel so far into the rock ... the tapestries ... a must see although a little out of the way of everything.

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