Franco monument to receive €215K restoration

Franco monument to receive €215K restoration
The site is the location of the tombs of former dictator Franco and Falange founder José Antonio Primo de Rivera. Photo: Flickr/Neticola
The controversial 'Valley of the Fallen' basilica, erected by General Franco using political prisoners as workers, is to have its facade restored at a cost of €215,000.

The Ministry of the Presidency announced on Monday that a tender offer had been accepted for restoration work on the Basilica of the Holy Cross of the Valley of the Fallen.

A contract worth €214,847 was awarded by the Board of Directors of National Heritage to the Javier Herran construction company.

It has been dated July 18th, the day that Civil War broke out in Spain in 1936.

A policy instituted by the 2004-2011 socialist government led to the removal of Francoist symbols from public spaces in Spain but the Valley has remained under the protection of Spain's National Heritage authority.

It is the site of Franco's tomb but political rallies in the Valley support of the former dictator have been banned since 2007.

Falange founder José Antonio Primo de Rivera is also interred in the Santa Cruz basilica.

The 152.4-metre-high memorial cross of the basilica is the tallest in the world.


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