Church of San Isidro
Church of San Isidro
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Neighborhood: Embajadores
How to get there
  • La Latina • 3 min walk
  • Tirso de Molina • 3 min walk
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Malgorzata
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The baroque church of St Isidro of Madrid is a very short walk from Plaza Mayor. Magnificent 17th century church that was Madrid's cathedral until Almudena was built. In the baroque style, with a monumental facade and its altar, the work of Ventura Rodriguez is impressive. There are beautiful sculptures in the side chapels, such as Cristo del Gran Poder, the Macarena and the little Nino del Remedio. The remains of San Isidro and his wife Santa Maria de la Cabeza rest in it. A hidden gem in one of Madrid's most traditional neighborhoods, La Latina, this impressive collegiate church is a must-visit.
Written January 28, 2022
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BennyMalaga
Malaga, Spain89,775 contributions
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The Basilica of San Isidro was used as the cathedral of Madrid from 1885 until the Almudena Cathedral was completed. The Jesuit architect Pedro Sanchez designed the church as a twin-towered Baroque church. Later another Jesuit architect, Francisco Bautista built it in the 17th century. The Jesuits built it using money left to them by the sister of Felipe II, Doña Maria, Empress of Austria. For that reason, the church has a wrought iron gate that has a two-headed eagle, the symbol of the dynasty of the House of Austria. The interior decoration of the church was done by Ventura Rodriguez in the mid 18th century. The church has a Latin cross plan and a dome supported by a tambour with eight windows, covered with slate and lead. The church was completely destroyed by a fire in 1936 and had to be rebuilt. There is a niche at the center of the church with images of the patrons of the city, San Isidro and his wife Santa Maria de la Cabeza. Their remains are found in twin urns on the main altar.

The church has important images of Nuestra Señora de la Soledad and the Santísima Virgen de la Almudena. There are several side chapels that are very beautiful. On the Thursday of Easter week, the two images of the patron saints are taken out in a procession around the streets of the city.
Written March 18, 2012
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MDOGP
Dallas, TX1,098 contributions
Solo
This church used to be the cathedral of Madrid, before the cathedral of Almudena was erected. The temple is beautiful! Also the patron of Madrid, Saint Isidore and his wife are buried in this cathedral. It is a typical Baroque style church with a tall dome and beautiful sculptures.
Written September 8, 2020
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Alfredo Garcia
Bayamon, Puerto Rico238 contributions
Couples
Beautiful church her is the body of San Isidro
It is a big church and a peaceful place
Very easy to find and close to Plaza Mayor and metro La Latina
Written November 9, 2019
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK612,345 contributions
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Madrid is justifiably famous for its innumerable and beautiful churches and Church Of San Isidro is just one of many we admired in this most beautiful of city's.
A beautiful church constructed in the Baroque style of architecture that is so pleasing on the eye it's also known as the Collegiate Church Of San Isidro and holds the remains of the patron saint of Madrid, Isadore The Laborer.
The design of the church was by Pedro Sánchez,under his guidance construction commenced in 1622 until his death 1633 ,the church was completed by Francisco Bautista and Melchor De Bueras by 1664 ,the church was actually consecrated in 1651 which was 13 years before it completion and dedicated to St Francis Xavier one of the most distinguished Jesuits but with the expulsion of the Jesuits in 1767 it was dedicated to Saint Isadore in 1769 .
The church was damaged by fire at the start of the Spanish Civil War in 1936 ,many works of art were lost in the raging fire ,the impressive done also collapsed but under the guidance of architect Javier Barroso the church was painstakingly restored to its former glory.
This is an active church,not in a major tourist area but that said I love visiting the La Latina neighbourhood, full of pubs,bars and restaurants and some amazing architecture such as this church.
Church Of San Isadore is easy to locate along Calle De Toledo,most definitely well worth checking out if your in the area.

Written September 22, 2019
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Shop D
New York City, NY245 contributions
This place is defenitely worth making a trip! It smells with history. The architecture, the icons... But, leave it to Europeans to remind you who's in charge! We got kicked out, because the church was going to be closed for a nite! Welcome to Madrid! )))
Written August 9, 2019
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BeastiePV
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico770 contributions
Lovely church to the patron saint of Madrid. The brown of the pews is soft and warm making the church a welcoming and embracing environment for worship. Worth sitting there for a while and breating in the calm.
Written October 6, 2016
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ericon991
ontario1,016 contributions
Friends
This is a magnificent church. The side chapels are not to be missed. Magnificent domed church and in beautiful condition. the pews are well used. The sculptures in the side altars are interesting, a great place to get out of the summer heat.
Written August 4, 2016
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DeeDeeTraveler
Ottawa, Canada188 contributions
Couples
During a wander through the smaller streets of Madrid, we discovered the lovely Church of San Isidro. There were few people so we assumed not many tourists knew of it. This church contains the remains of San Isidro, the patron saint of Madrid. We found beautiful wood carvings and artwork, many side chapels, and it was a very warm and serene atmosphere. A nice discovery that we'd like to share.
Written June 2, 2016
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BennyMalaga
Malaga, Spain89,775 contributions
Couples
Few tourists visit the Church of San Isidro because they have not heard of it. My wife and I went to see it. This church contains the remains of San Isidro, the patron saint of Madrid.
Written April 27, 2016
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