Benedictine Abbey of the Holy Cross of the Valley of the Fallen

Winter opening hours (October to March)

Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00-18:00 *

Summer opening hours (April to September)

Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00-19:00 *

Nota Importante

Closed on Mondays

* Ticket office closes one hour before

Basic price 9 €
Reduced price 4 €
Agency price 6 €
Free entry See conditions
Cómo llegar

From San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Line 660 from the Plaza de la Virgen de Gracia Square (company: Autocares Herranz)


From Madrid: A-6 motorway, junction with the M-600

From San Lorenzo de El Escorial: M-600 motorway

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This monumental complex was built a few years after the Civil War following the designs of Pedro Muguruza and Diego Méndez. The granite cross emerging from a large pine forest in the Cuelgamuros valley, not far from the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, is the most visible feature of the complex. The monument is decorated with sculptures by Juan de Ávalos.

The Basilica is carved into the rocky hillside. The dome that covers the crossing of the Basilica is decorated with a mosaic by Santiago Padrós. The Benedictine Abby stands behind the monument, on a broad esplanade.

33,847 people who died in the Civil War are buried in the Basilica crypts.