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Oratorio de San Felipe Neri

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Address: Calle Santa Ines S/N, 11003 Cadiz, Spain
Phone Number: 662 642 233

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Delightful basilica and beautiful paintings

Walking past "the smell of Catholicism" wafted out. The cool if muggy interior houses a delightful dome and some beautiful art and a great ambiance. Piped choral music added... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2016
Sm0ky
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Petersfield, United Kingdom
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Petersfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

Walking past "the smell of Catholicism" wafted out. The cool if muggy interior houses a delightful dome and some beautiful art and a great ambiance. Piped choral music added tastefully to the experience.

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New York City, New York
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83 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

The Oratorio was originally a church which at some point was used as the congress house to sigh their famous Spanish constitution known as La Pepa. The guides will offer a very interesting historical narrative of the history of the church and the city. Great place to visit if you are interested in the history of this beautiful city! A... More 

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

Before I entered this small church I asked at the door if the information about the church was in English. The person at the front desk pointed to a sign which was indeed in English. So we paid our 3 Euros each and entered. Sadly that was the last English we saw before exiting. There are similar or better chapels... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

We came here because it was next door to the Museo de las Cortes. However, where that one was free and excellent, this one cost €3 and we weren't sure why. There are the usual selection of side chapels to look at, but little information on them and nothing to explain that this is where the constitution was signed. The... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016 via mobile

Not recommended unless you are really interested in this particular building. You can see similar arts in numerous other European churches easily for free.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016

A €3 entry and no photography allowed, effectively to see the inside of a church with historical relevance. However, there is nothing in any other language than Spanish and even that didn't make reference to the signing of the Constitution in 1812. The interpretative centre is of no use unless you speak and read Spanish. This part of the building... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

The church costs €3 to enter, which seems odd considering the museums either side are free. The audiovisual equipment is extremely loud and talks over the art on the main altar. However, unless you are a religious art enthusiast or a fluent Spanish speaker the information is of very little interest. We found nothing about the signing of the constitution!... More 

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glasgow
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The outside of this church has lots of plaques as it was where the famous 'La Pena' a declaration of freedom was signed in the mid 19th century. Inside the church has a beautiful dome modelled on that of Borremeo in Rome.

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Israel
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113 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

It is a very big cathedral and from outside the building is very impressive. Its interior is less impressive, like any other cathedral across Spain.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I can appreciate the artistic representation but as a catholic myself I have to separate in my mind that this is a church and a massive work of art. As a church it makes me feel uncomfortable that so much wealth was spent on its creation, I found it to be very ostentatious, as a work of art it is... More 

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