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Visiting the tomb of a former Prime Minister of Spain may not be the first thing you think of, when visiting Madrid on any last night of freedom – but, this certainly is worth taking a look at.
For those not familiar with the dead dictator – he was born in El Ferrol in 1892, and was a soldier who rose through the ranks, and eventually joined the growing right-leaning rebel movement. Soon after, he led an uprising against the left-wing Republican government, and took control of Spain following the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War. He then led a brutal, military dictatorship, in which thousands of people were imprisoned or executed – and, it was upon his death in 1975, that the country was turned into a democracy.
Generally regarded as a crude piece of awful architecture, Franco’s final resting place is a bizarre and eerie sight, with a looming crucifix upon the crest of the hill, and a vast tunnel cut into the granite of the Sierra de Guararrama mountain range. Created originally to be a monument to those who died in the Spanish Civil War, the tomb has more to do with General Franco, who never actually got anywhere near the front line.
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