Marian Gurry Stanton

Valley of the Fallen, Spain

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Dictator
Francisco Franco ordered the construction of this monument outside Madrid to
honor those who died for his cause during the 1930s Spanish Civil War. And he
enlisted political prisoners to carve the massive basilica into a
mountainside—infuriating many Spaniards. After years of demonstrations and
debate, in May 2011, the government assembled a commission to evaluate its future.
Its initial recommendation calls for Franco’s body to be removed from the site.

World's Most Controversial Monuments

Valley of the Fallen, Spain

Dictator
Francisco Franco ordered the construction of this monument outside Madrid to
honor those who died for his cause during the 1930s Spanish Civil War. And he
enlisted political prisoners to carve the massive basilica into a
mountainside—infuriating many Spaniards. After years of demonstrations and
debate, in May 2011, the government assembled a commission to evaluate its future.
Its initial recommendation calls for Franco’s body to be removed from the site.

Marian Gurry Stanton

World's Most Controversial Monuments

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