Sculptor behind Franco's Valley of Fallen dies

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7 July 2006, MADRID — Juan de Ávalos, the sculptor famous for the enormous figures in the tomb of the late dictator Francisco Franco, has died, it was announced on Friday. He was 94.

7 July 2006

MADRID — Juan de Ávalos, the sculptor famous for the enormous figures in the tomb of the late dictator Francisco Franco, has died, it was announced on Friday. He was 94.

The Valley of the Fallen, outside Madrid, provides a dramatic resting place for the late Spanish leader.

Built by former Republican prisoners, the underground tomb contains enormous sculpted figures made by Avalos.

Avalos was admitted to hospital on Wednesday suffering from angina.

He was working up until his death on a monument to the late King Alfonso XIII.

In an interview, Avalos recalled being asked to see Franco before he started work on the Valley of the Fallen.

"I was a little shocked. Why did I have to go and see him? A decent person like me who had not killed anyone?" he said.

Though many thought he was a slavish follower of the Franco regime, in reality he was a member of the socialist party.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news


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