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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 #32 of 439 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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Bucharest, Romania
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187 reviews 187 reviews
155 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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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45 helpful votes 45 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
50 helpful votes 50 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
29 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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Florida
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

This church, though not nearly Madrid’s oldest, is one of the most impressive architecturally and artistically. Its dome is slightly bigger than that of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and the paintings in one of the Church’s six chapels include a work by Goya, where the artist himself is depicted. The tour is guided and costs 2 euros. It lasts... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013 via mobile

nothing special from the exterior but the interior is absolutely beautiful. the dome is said to be bigger than londins st. pauls cathedral. it is also full if frescies said to have been painted by goya.

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Madrid, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

Honestly if you've been to any other Cathedrals in Spain or the rest of Europe, this one will underwhelm you. While the outside has an interesting story, with different facades built during different times (one with Muslim architectural influences, one neoclassical, one neoromanic, all different colors), the inside is like many other cathedrals across the continent, and definitely not the... More

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