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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 12, 2015
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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

From outside this church seems to be rusty eventhough the building is still impressive. However when you went inside, definitely you will be stunned. I can say this church is the most beautiful one in Madrid. It is so big and the paintings inside are beautiful. Do not miss the tour guide inside if you can speak Spanish. Closest metro... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Words cannot describe how beautiful this place is. If you're interested in the religious history of Madrid this is a must see!! The artwork contained here is unlike anything my husband and I have seen.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

There's no other way to describe the interior - it's really something. Well worth seeing, but in retrospect I wish I'd done more homework or purchased an in-depth guide. While it's perfectly OK for a spanish church in Madrid to give tours only in Spanish it meant that I was left grasping to understand the detail - and there's plenty... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

What was most interesting about this Basilica is that the interior decorations were very modern from the ceiling to the stained glass windows. Quite unique! However, I found the crypt to be more interesting, especially the sculptures and carvings. A bit of a hidden gem since you have to reach this place on the outside of the basilica.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Almost didn't go in but so glad we did. Full of beautiful stained glass, paintings and Frescos. Statues, beautiful carved pieces and lovely twisty pulpits of gold and marble. Back rooms full of paintings as well; you'd never know there was so much going on behind the lovely church itself, which was the only church to rival the truly beautiful... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

A truly surprisingly spectacular church inside. We were told that the cupola or dome is the third largest in diameter in the World after the Agrippa Pantheon in Rome, and St. Peter in the Vatican. Beautifully decorated with frescoes, bronze statues, and amazing paintings from artists such as Goya and Zurbarán. One of the many amazing churches in Madrid. It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I am not fan of football.Sorry. But I bought my husband a ticket so I wanted to see for the first time how it looks and just to be partner in crime there:) I was surprised!!!they have a culture of waching games (we were watching Real M. vs Atletico on Januarry 15th) and it was a really amazing experience :)))

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