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Why the World’s Largest Cross and Its Custodians Are Under Imminent Threat in Spain

Estefanía AguirreThe cross in the Valley of the Fallen is erected over a granite outcrop, 150 meters over the basilica.

A new law aimed at “the removal of Francoist symbols” could not only result in the removal of the cross at the memorial site — other public crosses in Spain have already been removed — but also force the Benedictine monks, the site’s custodians since 1958, out of the basilica’s adjacent abbey.