"Memories of the Franco years" Amaya Things to Do Tip by easyoar

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  Spanish Ciil War Memorial in Amaya
by easyoar

This is pretty unusual in Spain these days, a lot of old Franco memorials have bitten the dust now. I suspect it has been left alone because it is in the middle of a little village that almost nobody visits. Obviously this village has had fascist tendencies in the past. The emblem at the top of the cross (with the arrows) is the symbol of the "falange". This is a fascist emblem used by Generalísimo Francisco Franco (Generalísimo was a term invented by Franco for himself, it is the Spanish superlative for General, therefore translating to something like Super-General, interestingly his brother-in-law was given a senior rank in the government (nepotism anybody?), the Spanish irreverently named him the Cuñadisimo [cuñado is Spanish for Brother-in-law] literally the Super-Brother-in-law).

This is therefore a War memorial to people who died in the Spanish civil war fighting for Franco. It looks like it was built in the 3rd year after Franco's triumph which would have been approx 1940. For loads more info on the Falange, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falange

Directions: Just outside the church

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 24, 2006
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