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A diffrent Spain
The purpose of this site is
to give some aspects and reflections on Spain
with information which you may not find in regular Travel Booklets.


Sorry, but no updates will be done on this site from now on. I decided to put all my efforts on the Swedish site. You'll find a translation tool on the right hand side, Translate this site / Traducir esta Página (powered by Google) or you can use the links below. You may have a good laugh since the translations sometimes mess it up, but I'm sure you will find a lot more to read this way:

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/Monica 2008-12-12

Fascism is still alive in Spain...

On November 20th, 2000, it was 25 years since General Franco died.

At a funeral mass held November 18 the same year, in relation with the anniversary of Franco's death, thousands of Fascists gathered in the basilica in Valle de Los Caídos - the valley of the fallen. (those killed in the civil war).

Images of Franco

The road up to the valley of the fallen was lined with Spanish flags
and pictures of "El Caudillo" Franco.


People waiting to attend the funeral mass.

There was a long line with mixed people waiting to enter the funeral mass.
Many of them youngsters and skinheads. Its a bit frightening when you
consider that they have grown up in a democracy.
Furthermore a group of Germans had been invited by the "Fundación Franco",
the foundation who organized the mass.


Warming up with the Spanish flag?

The weather was a bit chilly with cold winds during the day
of Franco's funeral mass, November 18. Perhaps the Spanish
flag warmed her up a bit?


The cross measures 492 feet and is situated at a hight of 5678 feet.

The war monument in Valle de Los Caídos - the valley of the fallen, - consists of a stone cross placed on the mountain top Cuelgamuros, situated between Escorial and Guadarrama, at a height of 5768 feet.

The cross measures 492 feet and cut below 860 feet into the bed-rock the basilica is located. There you find the graves of Franco and the founder of the Falangist Party, José Antonio Primo.

The Monument was from the beginning meant to serve as a burial ground for all those killed in the civil war and it took 47 years to construct. Within the area there is also a monastery.

The decoration in the basilica is a bit terse and in Stalinist style. You can hardly walk away without feeling touched. Especially when you se many visitors placing flowers and making the sign of the cross in front of the graves of Franco and Primo de Rivera.

When the sky is clear you can see all the way to Madrid from the 7.4 acres huge, open space outside the basilica.

Valle de Los Caídos is situated 36 miles from Madrid and you can easily combine a trip to the valley and the monumental monastery El Escorial during one day.


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