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SPAN 130 Regional Profile … #11: El Valle de los Caídos / The Valley of the Fallen ASSIGNMENT: Research the monument known as the Valley of the Fallen (El Valle de los Caídos). - What is it? Catholic Basilica and a monumental memorial - Where is it? In the municipality of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, near Madrid - When was it built and why? Built between 1940-58. Was conceived by Franco to honor those who fell fighting for his “Glorious Crusade” during the Spanish Civil War - What does it contain? One of the world’s largest basilicas and the tallest memorial cross in the world. The valley that contains the monument is preserved as a national park and below lie the remains of 40,000 people. Franco’s tomb and burial place is also located here - Who had it built? The monument was designed by architects Pedro Muguruza and Diego Mendez
- What is the controversy surrounding the site? That the monument site is “like a Nazi concentration camp”
- What are YOUR thoughts on this site? Should it be razed, saved, or should something else entirely different be done?

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