For those who haven't seen Mafra, in Portugal, the size of the monastery impresses at first sight.
Funny thing, the similarities between these two churches:
Huge, some kilometers out of the capital, totally dominating their home towns, however, they differ in style and history. Well, accept my challenge and read about it in Escorial , for instance, in my Mafra page, in Mafra History or, better then that, try to find a translation of Nobel awarded Saramago best work - Memorial do Convento.
Valle de Los Caidos
About ten kilometers distant, away from everything, in the wild mountain, a big church was carved in the rock, to be used as memorial to the victims of the civil war.
Very appreciated during the dictatorship (and despised by the catholic church), it's a place that invites to think.
And thinking is the healthiest exercise!