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.:+34 918905611
Fax.:+34 918905544

Location

Madrid

Reservations


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

Closed: 24, 25, 31 December.

Prices

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

Admission free: children under 5, on 18 May, large families, ICOM members, disabled persons, and on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons for EU and Latin-American citizens.

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