Franco's residence closed to public under Historical Memory law

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The rooms where Gen Francisco Franco lived for much of his 36 year dictatorship have been closed to the public having been declared of "no historical or cultural interest".

The Palace of El Pardo, an old royal residence set in hunting grounds on the northeastern outskirts of Madrid, served as el Caudillo's home following his victory in the Spanish Civil War until his death in 1975.

But guided tours around the palace will no longer include a look into his private rooms after falling foul of the Historic Memory law which demands the withdrawal of all symbols and memorials deemed to glorify the dictatorship and military repression.

Spain's department of National Heritage, which manages the site said tours would still be offered to those parts of the palace dating from between the 16th and 18th centuries because they had "high artistic value"....

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