Cruz y Monasterio del Valle de los Caídos desde la montaña -pan-

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Comments (4)

cheets99 on September 12, 2013

Gatoland Amazing detail of your other zoomed in photo compared to this zoomed out image! Really a fantastic scene! FAV! Cheers my friend! :)

Gato Land on September 12, 2013

Thank you very much friend Cheets, FUJI camera really has a powerful zoom equivalent to 24-720, with my Nikon I have only one goal with 18-55 and 70-300 so I have a very big gap between 55 and 70 mm also I can not get much detail with the reflex telephoto, it is less than half. When focused on the cross I was amazed by the power of optics, it was like a telescope, hahaha!, Not look like a camera, it was something else. That cross is 150 feet high from its base, is a monument dedicated to the dead of both sides during the Spanish Civil War. It is a rather peculiar and controversial, there are buried the two dictators who ruled Spain, including Franco who ruled under dictatorship for 40 years. Far from creating harmony, this place creates a lot of controversy, there are voices calling for its demolition and others take it as a model of the former regime and a source of political excitement, others see it as a sinister place that exudes a sense of darkness, is something that should never have happened but which, however, already happened and is inevitable.

cheets99 on September 13, 2013

I know that its hard to make everyone happy but it is a spot in history now. So many monuments, buildings, and places are tied to historical events good and bad. This is a really interesting looking monument to a tourist who is not as connected to the story. I admit that I have never seen this one but I would love to one day :) I would be a shame if it was torn down.

Gato Land on September 18, 2013

Talking about the reality of my country is a complex and delicate if you do here in Spain, but I subscribe to every word you've written, I think the story, with its lights and shadows, has passed and must be remembered, either to imitate or to learn from mistakes. This seems not to have learned anything from a million dead and thousands of reprisals, wounded or exiled, a hatred that remains a partisan of one side and other behaviors exacerbated. But are issues that affect all our visitors, as you say, the tourist does not know and need to know what happened and what is happening now, these things have no meaning more than 70 years later, and the monument deserves worth a visit, just for the dimensions and the natural environment is something worth visiting, no doubt.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on June 19, 2010
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    by Gato Land
    • Taken on 2010/06/19 19:02:08
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 48.79mm
    • F/Stop: f/10.000