San Lorenzo de El Escorial


Benedictine Abbey of Santa Cruz del Valle de los Caídos


Contact details

Carretera de Guadarrama/El Escorial
28209  Cuelgamuros, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid  (Madrid)
info@patrimonionacional.es
www.patrimonionacional.es
Tel.:+34 918901398
Tel.:902044454
Fax.:+34 918905544

Location

Madrid

Reservations


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    National Heritage certification


Description

Carved out of the rock.

A grandiose funeral monument built between 1940 and 1956 in memory of the victims of the 1936 Spanish Civil War. It comprises a huge stone cross and the basilica itself.

The Santa Cruz Basilica is located some 13 km north of El Escorial, at a site known as the 'Valle de los Caídos' ('valley of the fallen'). It is a grandiose funeral monument built between 1940 and 1956 in memory of the victims of the 1936 Civil War. It comprises a huge stone cross and the basilica itself, carved out of the rock. The structure of the basilica is formed by an open transept with a dome decorated with mosaics, and a crypt dug out of the rock, the site of the main altar. In the crypt are the tombs of José Antonio Primo de Rivera and Francisco Franco, amongst others.

  • Construction: Basilica
  • Artistic period: Historicist
  • Historic period: 20th Century
  • Setting: Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial.

Practical information

Schedule

  • From Oct 01 to Mar 31
  • From Tuesday to Sunday

    From 10:00 to 18:00
  • Closing days: Monday
  • From Apr 01 to Sep 30
  • From Tuesday to Sunday

    From 10:00 to 19:00
  • Closing days: Monday

Ticket office open up to one hour before closing time for monument.Closed: 1 and 6 January, 1 May and 24, 25 and 31 December and days of official events announced on the National Heritage website.

Prices

  • General: €9
  • Groups: €6
  • Reduced: €4

Admission free: under-5s, 18 May, 12 October, large families (when the tour is being taken by, at least, one adult and three of his or her children, or two if one of them is disabled), ICOM members, disabled people, teachers, unemployed people and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday (October to March) and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (April to September) for European Union and Ibero-American citizens.

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