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Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande

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Address: Calle San Buenaventura 1 | San Buenaventura, 1, 28005 Madrid, Spain
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Well worth our walk! For 3 euros (reductions can also apply) we paid to see the 'museum' which was shown during a guided tour of the church, in Spanish! Even if you can't speak... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Well worth our walk! For 3 euros (reductions can also apply) we paid to see the 'museum' which was shown during a guided tour of the church, in Spanish! Even if you can't speak it, go with the guide. The guide takes you round each side chapel turning on the lights which is better to view them. Quite fabulous! The'museum'... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The church is a great place with awesome interiors. Very peaceful place. We had a rejuvenating experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The inside of the church is breathtaking - the dome is magnificent. Fantastic value at €3/adult. We bought tickets from Michael who was super helpful and friendly. We loved it.

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Slovenia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Most of the visitors go to Cathedral which is at the end of Calle Mayor right next to Royal Palace. But in comparison to Cathedral this Basilica is 100% more interesting. It has one of the biggest cupola and the whole interior is painted with many symbolic themes also by famous artists such as Goya and Zurbarán. Try to get... More 

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Malta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A Basilica worth visiting. We found a very friendly and knowledgeable guide in the Basilica. Go round the different chapels to enjoy the paintings. Make sure you visit the sacristy. It is certainly worth going round quietly by yourself after you do the tour. Some paintings here also belong to the Prado.

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San Clemente, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you have to choose between this and the cathedral, hands down this is the winner. Stunning dome, statues, and paintings. No tours on Sundays so you won't see the 52 paintings. Take the tour to see the paintings. This basilica is intended by the builders to display the greatness of God, and it's done a good job of it.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

Attended Mid-Night Christmas Eve mass. Doesn't get the queues of the National Cathedral to the north as it is in Old town La Latina south of the main tourist attractions like the National Cathedral 1 mile away. Important to Spain as contains Goya artworks and neoclassical architecture dates several centuries old so a cardinal presided the service. Not open all... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

This is a beautiful, stunning building, when we visited there were no queues to get in and the interior is amazing. A nice place to sit and relax away from the hustle and bustle of Madrid.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017

The artwork included a piece by Goya. Typical of religious artwork from the 15th -19th century. The tour (included for 3 euro) was in spanish and I do not speak spanish. However, take it to see all of the hidden places and have the lights turned on in each of the areas.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

Madrid's Beautiful Basilica is worth a peek before or after visiting the Royal Palace. Very much like many of Europe's churches.

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