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Almudena Cathedral

Address: Calle Bailen 10, 28013 Madrid, Spain (Centro)
Phone Number: +34 915422200
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Ranked #55 of 440 Attractions in Madrid
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 January 30, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We thought this Cathedral was stunning externally and even more stunning internally. The stain glassed windows and frescoes felt like works of art in their own right and we felt the altar area was magnificent. This Cathedral is definitely worth visiting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The church as two separate areas, the crypt and the main church area. Although not as stunning as some of the other churches I have seen, it is beautiful and is right next to the Palace. it's art and stain glass are very beautiful. Stop in and see if you are in the area. They did ask for a 1... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This is an average European Cathedral. But, its free! It's nice to go visit if you're in Madrid! I'd recommend just for a few minutes!

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Letchworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Catedral de Santa María La Real de La Almudena is stunning and is situated next to Palacio Real de Madrid. When the capital of Spain was transferred from Toledo to Madrid in 1561 there was no cathedral in Madrid at the time so a new cathedral had to be built but it was not until 1879 that work began on... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Excellent open architechture Roof is not open everyday which is a negative Extremely crowded, so not the place if you want peace and quiet to pray Definitely worth going given that it is one of the largest in Europe

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

I always enjoy seeing the Almudena Cathedral after visiting the Royal Palace across the square. There is plenty of modern art in the church and the stained glass windows are also modern. Below ground one can find the crypt, which is a large area. Atop the church is the museum with a great view of the city below. There are... More 

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Cluj
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

If you aconsider you are in Madrid, one of the former imperial is big but lacks greatness. It is new, sobre an simple. It's only advantage is that is next door to the Royal Palace, otherwise don't think would have visitors.

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