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Valle de los Caídos

Photo Credit: AP (I think)
This post was published on Wednesday, January 18th, 2006 6:07 pm. It has been categorised under Church Franco History.
Dee Elle
13 Nov 2007 2:11 pm

I just returned home from a trip to Spain.

The tour I was part of made a visit to the Tomb and Monument of Franco.

Until I saw it, I wasn’t aware of its size or artistic beauty.

It is also an engineering wonder.

While in Spain, I heard much talk about the new socialist government, most especially Prime Minister Zapertero, discussing ways to eliminate all remembrances of Franco.

All streets and plazas with his name are now banned.

The problem they face now is what to do with the Monument.

I am so afraid that the Socialist government will choose to destroy it.

God Forbid!

13 Nov 2007 2:42 pm

I too had the opportunity to visit the tomb.

It was a horrific experience!!!

The architecture is reminiscent of the nazis.

The church and crypt are stone, cold.

Why should a militant dictator be entombed beneath the alter of such a holy place?

It’s creepy. It’s weird. And it is sacreligious.

I say – destroy it!!!!

18 Nov 2007 1:43 am

I was always told that they used political prisoners to carve the halls and do the most taxing labor.

The whole Spanish Civil was was wicked and ugly time for Spain. A drastic drop in population ensued and a polarized populace at odds with each other fought to the death.

It is just in the last 30 years that Spain has recovered.

viva españa
27 Nov 2008 4:45 pm

Yes, Santiago, they did work carving stone…what you seem to ignore is that they were payed for it, and had their families living near by in special housing untill the monument was finished… I think Franco was too generous, if you think those were convicted crimonals…

viva españa
27 Nov 2008 5:01 pm

So, John, visiting the Valle de los Caidos was a “horrific” experience? “The architecture is reminiscent of the nazis”…Since when the Nazis created “horrific” architecture? That, to beguin with.
I don´t find the fact of being made of stone, a reason to call it “cold” that would be the last adjective I would use to mention such a wanderful place.
viva españa
And yes, he deserves to be there, in a holly place becouse he was a good Catholic,a great man, the best General and if it wasn´t for him, Europe would have ended up in bolcheviks hands. Barcelona was already called “The bolchevik capital of western Europe”. Read “the nameless war”, for example, you need to lern a lot, and get some facts straight…

12 Dec 2010 2:03 pm

Vive Espana, Thank you for saying the truth. The world loves to hate those who do good for them. Viva Espana. Vivo Christo Rey!

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