Church of San Isidro
Church of San Isidro
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BennyMalaga
Malaga, Spain89,733 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2011 • Couples
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, TX1,217 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • 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 Rico244 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • 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, UK831,254 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Friends
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, NY227 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018
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, Mexico730 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016
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
ontario966 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • 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, Canada180 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • 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, Spain89,733 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • 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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BennyMalaga
Malaga, Spain89,733 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
The Church of San Isidro honors San Isidro, who is the patron saint of Madrid. The church has many followers who were from Seville and there are copies of the statues of the churches from Seville.
Written September 21, 2015
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