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Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande

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Address: Calle de San Buenaventura, 1 | San Buenaventura, 1, 28005 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: +34 913 65 38 00
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Magnificent church but not that great outside

Definitely worth a visit. The church doesn't look like much outside except for its size.the splendor inside is a nice surprise.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

Definitely worth a visit. The church doesn't look like much outside except for its size.the splendor inside is a nice surprise.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

An amazing basilica with great art, in particular the ceiling frescos and the marble statues of the twelve apostoles

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This church was the highlight of our trip in Madrid. It does not seem like much from the outside but once you walk in you will be blown away. The paintings on the dome ceiling are amazing and make sure you walk around the sanctuary in order to the the paintings from different perspectives. There are also the side rooms... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Before the Almudena Cathedral was built, San Francisco el Grande was the reference in big important catholic churches where people with a lot of money used to get married. I am not very fond about churches but I have to say that the place is nice. I think is a good idea to visit it.

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Carterton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Having visited the Pantheon in Rome it made sense when one of the staff here told us the design was based on it. From the outside the church is pretty non-descript but after paying our 3 euro entry fee (per adult, kids were free), walking through the entryway was just breathtaking. The church is magnificent. None of us are religious... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We were lucky enough to visit during Sunday Mass. The place is breathtakingly beautiful, with everything so big that one feels humbled and small. The priests chanting and the organ music echo through the multitude of domes. The frescos on the ceilings and walls are a statement of the labour of love by the artist who painted them. The statues... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Truly magnificent basilica--compared to the pantheon in Rome, but in many ways more beautiful and moving. First impression is breath-taking and every moment is rewarded as you walk through. Make time to go here!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Been to Madrid four times but this was the first time I was able to go inside. It is a must see in my view if you appreciate churches or cathedrals and all the artistry, design, and history. How they were able to create such a magnificent church over 500 years ago is beyond comprehension. When we visited there was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

A large unimpressive church from the outside but inside is truly WOW!!! The altar, the frescoes along the walls and ceiling were the finest of artistry and the statues that lined each corner were excellent work of art. Truly a place of spiritual solace and a treasure of the faith before our time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Really excellent guided tour. History, art and religion all mixed in together. Nice and cool on a hot day. Doesn't look like much outside, but wait until you enter

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