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Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande

Calle de San Buenaventura, 1 | San Buenaventura, 1, 28005 Madrid, Spain
+34 913 65 38 00
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Ranked #24 of 480 Attractions in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Traveler Description: The Basilica of San Francisco el Grande Near the Royal Palace, there is the Basilica of San Francisco el Grande, which is dedicated to Our Lady of... more »
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Dublin, Ireland
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74 reviews 74 reviews
36 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I must admit that I came across this Basilica by mistake, when wandering trough Madrid. Just minutes before I was denied access in the Cathedral next to the palace because I was in shorts and vest, but it was very hot for me outside. Anyways, I got to this Basilica and by the exterior was nothing impressive, but I like... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This is one of the most glorious interiors of any church I have visited. The church is beautifully proportioned, and the ceiling dome decorations are absolutely stunning - gorgeous gold leaf everywhere. The side chapels are lovely too. The best church of my visit to Madrid.

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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Having been to many cathedrals in Spain, this wasn't quite what I had expected but I enjoyed it all the same. Very modern in parts, but pretty. No entrance fee, just a voluntary donation for upkeep. If you're visiting the palace it's next door and also next to the theatre royal.

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South Burlington, VT
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77 reviews 77 reviews
5 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We were totally unprepared for how beautiful the basilica is on the inside. This was my introduction to the extravagant beauty of Spanish basilicas and cathedrals and it was stunning. We had an outstanding guide- I am embarrassed that I can't recall his name. He was immensely knowledgable, clear, and ever so patient. That at least one of the chapels... More

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Lewiston, Maine
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This was a beautiful Basilica well worth the stop. Even though there were lots of visitors and preparations for a special program the following day, it was still possible to reflect and feel the atmosphere. Disappointed that the candles were fake as that would have been the perfect touch.

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Bucharest, Romania
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187 reviews 187 reviews
155 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

I wasn't expecting this, I really had no idea this church, basilica existed but I was really impressed. Must visit when in Madrid!

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Monmouth, United Kingdom
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108 reviews 108 reviews
21 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

One of the must see churches in Madrid. Stunning dome, fantastic artwork and just wonderful architecture. Goya's painting, including his self inclusion a bonus. Friendly meet and greet and it's only a couple of euros so no reason not to go. If you are near any of the main attractions at the top of town do go, it's worth it

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Madrid, Spain
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

No words to describe its beauty. It should be Madrid's cathedral since it's far away the most beautiful church around the city.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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88 reviews 88 reviews
19 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

This is a lovely church with the most amazing dome and many works of art including some by Goya. It's nothing special from the outside but you'll be delighted as you step inside. It doesn't cost much and you can have a guided tour. Well worth a visit.

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Amazing that this place is not packed. Well worth the visit for the grand majesty of the dome alone. Everywhere you look there is magnificence and better still you are almost alone. A truly wonderful experience.

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