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Almudena Cathedral

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Address: Calle Bailen 10, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: +34 915422200
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Description: Begun in 1879 but inaugurated in 1993, the cathedral is Neo-Gothic with...
Begun in 1879 but inaugurated in 1993, the cathedral is Neo-Gothic with chapels and statues of contemporary artists.The Neo-Romanesque crypt houses a 16th century image of the "Virgen de la Almudena."
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Gorgeous exterior

Did not venture inside due to long line. After spending hours inside the palace we chose not to wait in line. Beautiful exterior And best shots of the church is from inside... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

This may be a personal thing, but we would little to get excited about in the Cathedral. It is not aesthetically that beautiful on the outside - a mis-match of styles and colours which have an interested history if nothing else. Inside is quite plain - little grandeur - and even less information available to try and inspire you. Worth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is a stunning church and is as beautiful on the inside as it is from the outside. It's presence is nearly overwhelming but the entire entrance is free (a 1euro donation is asked for) and it is so stunning and beautiful. I suggest to read the history pamphlet while you're there since it offers a neat history and depth... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

an amazing Cathedral to visit. Superb internal decoration A visit to the crypt is a must with magnificent Romanesque architecture and wonderful stained glass windows. A peaceful spiritual place despite the tourists.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

A hideous building, only deserving the wrecking ball. A shameful addition to the glorious architecture of Spanish cathedrals (Santiago, Burgos, Segovia, Leon) it would give visitors to the capital the wrong impression of what to expect when they travel out in the country. The interior is as bad as the exterior. It also spoils the adjacent Royal Palace. Unfortunately negative... More 

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Recife, PE
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This is the cathedral in front of the royal palace. You can take some nice photos inside. Comparing to others cathedrals, this is just an average one.

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Tayport
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This is indeed one of the most beautiful cathedrals I have visited. A mix of modern with the past. The stained glass windows are stunning. The ceilings too are lovely as is the magnificent altar.I would recommend I visit to this cathedral.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Did not venture inside due to long line. After spending hours inside the palace we chose not to wait in line. Beautiful exterior And best shots of the church is from inside courtyard of the palace anyways. Definitely a must visit place.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

My son and i visited the cathedral on 29/4/2015. I found the builiding on the outside was much more beautiful on the outside. Stunning views from the the balcony and the roof. Visited the shop bought sovenirs. Lovely little cathedral. Worth a half hour visit.

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Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I love the inside of this cathedral, the colors... and I could spend hours just looking at he ceiling, it is stunning !

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Longwood, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

I was so pleased to visit this site and see that they have accommodated people with mobility issues! It was wonderful being able to get my father up to the top to enjoy the views. The cathedral has a wonderful museum, that should not be skipped! Be aware, there are TWO parts of the museum!

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