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Almudena Cathedral

Calle Mayor, 90, 28013 Madrid, Spain (Centro)
+34 915422200
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Ranked #72 of 468 Attractions in Madrid
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Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Traveler Description: Cathedral of La Almudena     Across the square of the Palacio Real is the Almudena Cathedral. This was the church where Prince Felipe married Letizia... more »
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

This was a surprise find as we were just walking around the palace area. Great altar of Mary inside where you have to go up the stairs. Great place to be still, pray or meditate.

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We took the cupula tour only as we had the Madrid Card. IT was fun to get up to the top where the views are terrific.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This is only modern in the sense that it was finished recently after only a hundred years of building. Excellent stained glass, beautiful facade facing the Palacio Real, and the wonderful golden altar piece celebrating Mary is the star attraction

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Montreal, Canada
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The Cathedral is lovely to look at from the outside and is located right next to the Royal Palace (Palacio Real). Inside, it's enormous and contains a wonderful and unusual alter to the Blessed Virgin. But it is a modern structure with little historical significance. So if historical sites are what you are looking for, this is not worth waiting... More

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Perth, Australia
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29 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We enjoyed our visit here. There is much to appreciate whether you are religious or not. The building is beautiful and definitely worth seeing.

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Valletta, Malta
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83 reviews 83 reviews
39 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This cathedral is worth spending an hour or so in, whether or not you are catholic or religious at all. the frescos and alters (including the side alters) are truly wonderful. There is an area which pays homage to Our Lady, and her statue is surrounded by individual icons (around 16) which are beautifully painted, and well preserved. My favourite... More

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Vejle, Denmark
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The cathedral itself was beautiful and well worth a visit. For only EUR 6 per person, you can visit the cathedral, the museum AND enjoy the spectacular views from outside the dome. You get a 360 on Madrid and an overview of the castle courtyard. Don't forget to visit the crypt afterwards. The entrance it in the opposite side if... More

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Terrific church. The best part was the climb to the top. And you get a fantastic view of the adjoining palace as well. Fun!

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Braganca, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This is a breathtaking cathedral. It is colossal and makes you think how they built these things so long ago. If you have the chance, check out the catacombs free of charge. There are many graves stones of princes and princesses inside, so be prepared to dodge some stuff. The sculpture ate the far end is just staggering. A must... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This is entry by donation. They suggest €1-2 per person. It is very modern inside and nothing like I've ever seen in Europe before. Worth going just to see something different.

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