Belchite Spain

In 1937, the city of Belchite was the last obstacle in the way of the Franco Fascists taking over Zaragoza. 6000 people were killed during the fight for the city. After its destruction, Franco left the bombed out city standing as an example of his victory in Spain and built a new town in tribute to himself alongside it with the labor of political prisoners from the civil war. About 30 miles from Zaragoza, you can wander through the town. There are no gates and little information to guide you, but the deteriorating buildings and ghost town feeling needs no explanation. It is not a tribute to victory, it is a harsh and important reminder of a great failure. A friend told me that they have left tape recorders in the town at night and swears that you can hear the voices of the dead.