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Reviewed 4 days ago

The church is wonderful. There are paintings by Goya. The capitol is one of the largest in Europe. It is hidden away from the main attractions of Madrid. Worth a visit.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank josephine545
Reviewed 4 days ago

While the word "awesome" is definitely overused (and often incorrectly!) by Americans, a visit to San Francisco el Grande can only be described as such. From the moment you enter this basilica you are in complete and utter awe at its beauty. After undergoing extensive...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Reviewed 6 days ago

We enjoyed our quiet time in this cathedral. We prayed, observed and wandered around with the rest of the polite crowd. There is a history board that goes back 2,000 or so years which was very educational.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Basilica is a very regal place. We were both amazed at the condition, size and ages of all of the churches in Madrid. In today's world it was a place to regain focus and return to calm in life.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 5, 2018

This church was quite a surprise. We did an interesting tour, although it was in Spanish we got the gist of it. Beautiful decor. Well worth a visit

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 4, 2018

I hurried over to the basilica before it was scheduled to close. To my dismay, you're only allowed to enter if: 1. You pay 5 Euros (I don't have a problem with the cost, and... 2. You are not allowed to roam freely, taking your...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 31, 2018

Really beautiful in side but its a basilica like so many in europe, i recommend a visit but you will see same as others, colourful and light inside allow half hour at the most if judt going inside to look around.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 25, 2018

you have to go for a sunday mass if you have the time or happen to be there over the weekend. i have never felt such vibrations running through my body before.

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed October 25, 2018

There is so much to see in this beautiful cathedral - take time to enjoy each room. So much history and such beautiful artwork. Garden was in full bloom and views of the city were great.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Margaret H
Reviewed October 22, 2018 via mobile

Glad we did not miss this gem! Had to pay to get in and Spanish tour is included. We skipped the tour and angered around ourselves. Don’t miss the Goya painting. Neoclassical style basilica which is very old and very impressive.

Date of experience: October 2018
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February 18, 2018|
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Response from R0xy1 | Reviewed this property |
Hello. I paid 5 euros but that was because I arrived at the time of a guided tour. I did read that it is normally 2 euros to enter without the guide.
October 16, 2017|
Response from adele-fitchett | Reviewed this property |
The opening hours are Tuesday to Friday: 11:00 to 12:30 and 16:00 to 18:30. Saturday: 11:00 to 13:30.
October 16, 2017|
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Response from Oded T | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I really don't remember because it was open when we came. in their website it informed as: Tuesday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from... More