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Almudena Cathedral

Address: Calle Bailen 10, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: +34 915422200
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Type: Churches & cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Begun in 1879 but inaugurated in 1993, the cathedral is Neo-Gothic...
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Type: Churches & cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 8:30 pm
Owner description: 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Almudena Cathedral, impossible to miss it, located just next to the Royal Palace, is an imposing structure and stylistically very nice, one of the most important churches of the city. Inside it is just as big and spacious and what is striking looking up is the height of the ceiling frightening, more or less 30/40 meters depth including the dome.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I didn't realize that my visit to Madrid coincided with the Feast of Santa María la Real de La Almudena..the cathedral is just across from the Royal Palace and it is absolutely beautiful! We bought a ticket for the museum tour and it was worth every penny. You don't have to be Catholic to appreciate all this museum and cathedral... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

I do not know what shocked me the most, the wide plaza in between the Royal Palace and the Cathedral, the beautiful building that took about 150 years to be finished or the fact that the entire complex is sitting where the Caliph of Cordoba had built a mosque (some hundreds of years ago), and the wall ruins are still... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

We had a hour to spare and ended up at the Cathedral museum (opposite the entrance to the Place) - entrance was 10 euros for an adult and senior which gives access to the museum which has some amazing embroidery and jewelled items best of all is the view across from balcony of the palace and of the city form... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

The Almudena Cathedral is adjacent to the Royal Palace and, because of that location it may worth a visit for those already visiting the Palace. After visiting the Cathedral, I'm not sure if we would have wanted to visit this in it's own right, though. The Cathedral is much more modern than a typical European cathedral, particularly inside. For us,... More 

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