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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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Impressive architecture

Impressive cathedral that sits next to the Royal Palace. A minimal donation for entry and you can enjoy a spectacular space and interesting religious art to boot.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Impressive cathedral that sits next to the Royal Palace. A minimal donation for entry and you can enjoy a spectacular space and interesting religious art to boot.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Loved the architecture. I was also impressed by the serenity - people did respect the signs asking visitors to be quiet and respectful of others.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This is a relatively modern (for Madrid) cathedral next to the Palace. It is light, airy and beautiful inside. It has impressive modern stained glass windows and contemporary designs on its ceilings and the dome above the main alter. Its exterior is also imposing and almost matched the Royal Palace which is adjacent.

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Haifa, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

One of the main attractions in every famous European capital is , usually, the royal place, since the kings invested colossal funds and and very hard work ( not necessarily their own) in order to reflect their force, their greatness , as well, the architectural and artistic fashion of their time and vision . The Royal Palace of Madrid ,build... More 

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Yogya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

This church is located in front of the Royal Palace. It is free of charge and it is grand and amazing. Easily you can spend minimum 30 mins inside just to enjoy the painting and interiors.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

A mix of traditional and modern - very traditional stonework, but some of the stained glass windows are very funky, and the decoration of the ceilings is just gorgeous. The inside of the dome in quite stunning, and the views from the outside are amazing too. Well worth a visit, even if you have no real religious inclination.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

So many churches throughout the Catholic European world could be in any country as they look so similar. The Madrid Cathedral does not fall into this category as the stain glass windows are modern as are all the paintings . So it's different but the windows and paintings are rather hideous! Still in the same way one enjoys tutting modern... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Right across from the palace, definately worth a visit. Nice view of the city on the top of the Cathedral. Alot of the history of the church in Spain and interesting relics in the museum.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The interior of the cathedral feels very modern although the exterior is clearly traditional. The lighting is perfect for showing off the lovely stained glass windows. I was surprised to feel such a relaxed atmosphere in what is usually a very austere place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I expected the traditional interior for a cathedral but was pleasantly surprised to discover an imaginative juxtaposition of old and new styles tastefully combined to provide a fitting seat for the bishop and a spiritual sanctuary for the traveler. Not to be missed!

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