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Basilica of the Holy Cross of the Valley of the Fallen

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From Madrid: El Escorial and Basilica of the Valley Day Trip

1. From Madrid: El Escorial and Basilica of the Valley Day Trip

After meeting with your guide, get away from the bustle of the city on a comfortable air-conditioned coach. At the first stop, enjoy a guided tour through the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, an architectural ensemble declared World Heritage site by UNESCO. Built in the 15th century, it is a symbol of the power of the government at the time. Learn about the impressive Royal Mausoleum and the story behind the 21 years of construction time. Marvel at the symmetry of the Renaissance-style building. Listen to your guide's commentaries as you explore the Habsburg Palace, the Chapter House, the Basilica, and the remarkable library.  Then, board your bus again for a short drive to the Valley of the Fallen. The site is located 9 kilometers away from El Escorial, in Sierra de Guadarrama. This enormous monument, built between 1940 and 1959, is carved into the mountain, 1,350 meters up. An impressive 150-meter-high cross stands over the magnificent nature reserve of Madrid’s mountain range, which can be seen from miles away.

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What people are saying about Basilica of the Holy Cross of the Valley of the Fallen

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4.3 / 5

based on 216 reviews

Nice half day trip. Great weather and beautiful views :) only had 15 min at the basilica but it was fine for me personally.

Overall interesting tour, guide in perfect English. But an overall timeline that is too short. Requires an additional hour.

It was a great tour. Our guide Jorge explained with details each site and very friendly. We highly recommed.

¡Excelente tour! Muy organizado y con un guía excelente. Lo recomiendo por demás.

Perfect visit, great guide only in English or Spanish