The Government refuses to declare the Valley of the Fallen as an Asset of Cultural Interest

What was the monumental tomb of Francisco Franco, finally, will not become a Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC). The Ministry of Culture, in a letter to the Foundation for the Defense of the Valley of the Fallenexplained that “beyond its symbolic and political character”, its architectural elements “do not have sufficient relevance in the context of the production of the time”.

The association, protagonist of numerous controversies, requested in the year 2014 recognize the architectural complex as a BIC. Culture, finally, has had to pronounce itself on the matter, after a sentence of the Superior Court of Justice of Madrid (TSJM) of June 16 forced him to do so.

In the letter, signed by the director of General Heritage and Fine Arts, Isaac Tailorit is specified that the Valley is not an important monument because it does not stand out neither for its plan, nor for the figure of the architect, nor for the technique used. The Ministry, in addition, has added that the documentation presented by the foundation is limited to a “basic description of some elements that make up the whole.”

The construction of the monument, explains Culture, produced a notable alteration of the natural environment

The construction of the monument, explains Culture, produced a notable alteration of the natural environment without having foreseen the environmental consequences. After this intervention, “the landscape values” of the Cuelgamuros valley were lost.

In its letter, the Ministry has concluded by pointing out that “an absence of compositional interest in any dependency or space away from public vision” is perceived. With all the above, Culture will not proceed with the file of BIC declaration, although he clarifies that it does not put an end to the administrative route. Thus, the association can resort to this refusal.

The aforementioned sentence of the TSJM forced the Government to initiate the procedure and notify a decision to the appellant association. This opinion, on the other hand, considers that many requests “overvalue” works that, in the eyes of specialists, have no interest historical-artistic.


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