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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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Stunning inside

Nothing less than the most beautiful church, I've ever visited! If you miss this, you will be sorry. From the outside it doesn't look like a very interesting place, but don't be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Assens, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Nothing less than the most beautiful church, I've ever visited! If you miss this, you will be sorry. From the outside it doesn't look like a very interesting place, but don't be fooled..... We were lucky to follow a group to the back rooms also. Be warned....they lock up for siesta!!!

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Houston, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

The Cathedral Almundena and Toledo are beautiful. This Basilica is grand in its own way w a completely different architectural style. There was a 3 E entrance fee that I thought was a bit much but at the end of the day, I thought it was worth it. There is a tour that will take you thru each of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

My wife and I went to the Basilica of San Francisco el Grande and enjoyed it very much. There was a guided tour that showed us everything and the guide was quite simpatico. He showed us the art work at the back of the church. He explained all the paintings in each chapel of the church. The church is really... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Our apartment was quite close to this marvellous church so we passed it numerous times. The sheer size and scale is remarkable. We took the first opportunity to visit it, which was early the first morning after arrival. The interior is astonishing. The outstanding feature is the beautiful dome that was modelled on the Roman Pantheon. The paintings and decoration... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

This is a little off the beaten path, but well worth it. Be sure to get the little guide to the church. It has lots of information. There are works by El Greco in this church. The art work is outstanding. The frescoes are wonderful. Plan on spending 1 1/2 hours here.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Tried to see this with the Goya painting inside - closed Mondays. Learn from my mistake and plan your visit differently!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Honestly, there are so many beautiful and unique churches in Spain, it's hard to know which one is my favorite. This one is on that list, though. It is beautiful, with lots of artwork, statues, and a very deep spiritual feel. I lighted a candle (all they have are electronic ones nowadays) and hope you take the opportunity to visit,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

By far my favorite church in Madrid. It is SO beautiful and unique. It's been closed every time I've walked by, but fortunately we happened to walk by on a Sunday afternoon and it was open. Mass was in progress, so we didn't get to go in the back part and see the paintings, but I was more than thrilled... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Basilica was built in 18th century and is famous for 2 things: the dome and frescos by Goya in one of the chapels. The dome is truly spectacular measuring 33 metres in diameter and 58 metres in height and covered in paintings. If not during the mass, entrance is allowed only on a guided visit. Unfortunately our was in Spanish... More 

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

While impressive in its own right from the outside, the inside of this church is even more incredible. The frescos are immaculate and the sheer size of the structure make this a must stop. For architecture buffs you can't miss this Basilica.

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