I visited the church of Santa Barbara as part of my 8 full-day visit to Madrid and enjoyed it a bit; unfortunately, only 1 of the churches I viewed in Madrid really 'grabbed me (Iglesia de San Antonio de los Alemanes), and for me this church was one of the many other 'also rans' that I viewed..
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Sited on a corner of 2 roads, set back some distance from 'Calle de Barbara de Braganza', the larger of the two roads - the situation of this church allows you to get a decent view of the imposing frontal facade which is wider than it is higher. Largely uncoloured, the exterior is quite different to the inside...
The interior base-colour is white/cream, but virtually all the decorative features have an unusual shade of blue 'theme' with many marble-looking inserts/inlays which for me made things a bit too ornate. The one feature that I did like though was the centrally-located roof dome - both for it's design and decoration. I can't say the same for the pulpit, which did possess the wall-mounted characteristic I usually enjoy looking at, but the decoration of it was something more like you might see on a large outside fountain feature - it was for me really quite ugly !
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Being quite centrally-located not too far from the eastern end of Gran Via, the church of Santa Barbara is quite easy to get to so the minimal effort probably required makes it a worthwhile visit, despite it not being that special and occasionally quite unappealing to look at - which means that I'm afraid it joins the 'unspectacular' majority group of most of the churches which I viewed whilst in this lively and enjoyable city.
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