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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 #27 of 442 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

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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75 reviews 75 reviews
5 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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
77 helpful votes 77 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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106 reviews 106 reviews
21 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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
22 helpful votes 22 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
19 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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Lisbon, Portugal
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60 reviews 60 reviews
29 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

The place by itself is amazing and pretty impressive. Great paintings, architecture, statues and sacred art. Also, it has a continuous guided tour and you get to learn some interesting stuff about the church. All this for a pretty cheap ticket.

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Malaga, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

After seeing the Royal Palace, we walked to the Real Basilica of San Francisco el Grande. This beautiful church always amazes me with its beauty. The style of the church is Neo-classic and there are many works of art in it, such as paintings by Goya and Zurbaran. The huge dome is very impressive and is the largest dome in... More

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