The approval of the building permit unlocks 62 exhumations in the Valley of the Fallen

The Governing Board of the San Lorenzo de El Escorial City Council has approved this Thursday, June 24 in the morning, the building license to intervene in the Basilica of the Valley of the Fallen and to be able to carry out the 62 exhumations requested by the families of the victims buried there.

Time is running out against the oldest family members who await the exhumations of the Valley of the Fallen

Time is running out against the oldest family members who await the exhumations of the Valley of the Fallen

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The license had been requested by National Heritage as a major work last April 12, which has required two months for the municipality of the Madrid mountains, to which Cuelgamuros belongs, could commission a technical report from its architect, as it is an intervention in which structures are touched, which can be a safety hazard to the building and workers. The approval of the work has been obtained without expiring the maximum term, which was three months.

The technical report had to go through the Local Commission of Historical Heritage of the Community of Madrid (an instrument of collaboration of the autonomous community with the municipality where the criteria for intervention in the properties of the Historic Complexes declared Assets of Interest are established Cultural), which has been transferred today to the Local Government Board for approval.

With this license, National Heritage can give a free pass to the Foundation of the Santa Cruz del Valle de los Caídos to begin carrying out the technical work, for which a grant of 665,000 euros is earmarked. Until these tasks begin, it will not be known whether the exhumation of the mortal remains, deposited in different columbariums and crypts, of the mortal remains of all or some of these people is technically feasible.

First Vice President Carmen Calvo, on whom the State Secretariat for Democratic Memory depends, has published on her Twitter account that the exhumation works will begin "soon", adding that "it is justice that families can regain their dignity."


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