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Valle de los Caídos

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This chapter draws out the role of Francisco Franco Bahamonde in the creation of the monument La Santa Cruz del Valle de los Caídos (the Holy Cross of the Valley of the Fallen) and the function of the monument to represent a history in detail. According to Diego Méndez, the architect who would finish the Valle, Franco felt the moral need to honor the dead "as they honored us", emphasizing Franco's obsession with the monument. It is of course the Spanish Civil War that was to allow Franco to create such a Spanish Golden Age. If the Valle were to vanish as it is, it could only be said that Franco in fact succeeded in erecting a monument to defy time and oblivion, as it would be remembered solely as a monument to exalt him and his crusade.

Keywords: Diego Méndez; Francisco Franco Bahamonde; Spanish Civil War; Spanish Golden Age; Valle de los Caídos



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