Monday, March 10, 2014

Valle de los Caídos, Madrid - SPAIN

The breathtaking view in "Valle de los Caídos" is astonishingly beautiful and it really gets you when you think of its meaning, the evocation off all the people that died in the Civil War (not all of them Spanish, lots of Portuguese volunteered to fight Franco's troops). Every war is terrible, but for me there's nothing worse than a Civil War... Let's hope that monuments like this may keep the memories of those days and prevent other conflicts (This should be a UNESCO WHS). Thank you Ana, I loved the cards and specially your attempt to write in Spanish... Gracias, Besos, Olé! This postcard took 6 days to arrive!
  
Valle de los Caídos, Madrid - SPAIN
  
The Valle de los Caídos ("Valley of the Fallen") is a Catholic basilica and a monumental memorial in the municipality of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, erected at Cuelgamuros Valley in the Sierra de Guadarrama, near Madrid, conceived by Spanish general Francisco Franco to honor and bury those who fell during the Spanish Civil War. It was claimed by Franco that the monument was meant to be a "national act of atonement" and reconciliation. The monument, a landmark of 20th-century Spanish architecture, was designed by Pedro Muguruza and Diego Méndez on a scale to equal, according to Franco, "the grandeur of the monuments of old, which defy time and forgetfulness".
 

2 comments:

  1. Bom, não exactamente... O "Valle de los Caídos" é mais propriamente um monumento exaltação fascista.

    http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valle_de_los_Ca%C3%ADdos

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  2. Na sua essência sim (aliás foi construído por prisioneiros derrotados para evocar os vencedores), mas após o fim do Franquismo tornou-se um memorial de homenagem a todos os "caídos" em combate estando presentemente liberto de qualquer significado poítico... e idealismos à parte é do ponto de vista arquitectónico uma obra grandiosa - e além disso, na minha opinião, a lista da UNESCO não deve servir apenas para preservar monumentos religiosos de origens poéticas ou paisagens naturais idílicas... é fundamental dar visibilidade a locais representativos de nódoas negras na nossa história, "para que a terra não esqueça"... por exemplo Auschwitz Birkenau é WHS (e bem).

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