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.
Benedictine Abbey of Santa Cruz del Valle de los Caídos
Carretera de Guadarrama/El Escorial
28209 Cuelgamuros, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid (Madrid Region)