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Catedral de Sta Maria la Real de la Almudena

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Begun in 1879 but inaugurated in 1993, the cathedral is Neo-Gothic with chapels and statues of contemporary artists.The Neo-Romanesque crypt houses a 16th century image of the "Virgen de la Almudena."
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Calle Bailen 10, 28013 Madrid, Spain
+34 915 42 22 00
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Possibly. Built a century ago so it's practicularly modern. Right by the Royal Palace. Beautiful inside. Great decoration.s. They have tours or you could do it when mass is said. A few years ago we went to a wedding here. Really something. Could almost believe...More

Thank Chinapjs
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Colourful large cathedral. We only stayed 15 minutes but there is enough to take in for a longer stay.

Thank mitchell-clan14
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely cathedral in Madrid. The view of the cathedral from outside the Royal Palace is stunning. Very interesting multi coloured ceiling inside. Lots of detail and definitely worth a visit. Shame you can’t go to the top of the cathedral like in most other European...More

Thank Craig E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Since it was built just a bit more than a century ago, it has a nice modern feel to it. Plenty of seats to relax and enjoy a break. The brightly colored ceiling is noticeable and impressive. The signs offering free WiFi are pretty noticeable...More

Thank John S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was surprised at the modern interior of this church, I was so used to seeing such old ornate churches, and this one is so different, then again it is not as old as I expected. Building started in 1879, on the site of a...More

Thank margareth700
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This enormous church sits directly across from The Royal Palace. My main intention was to go quickly through the museum to reach the dome for the views of Madrid. Unfortunately, the views from the top just aren’t spectacular. The Royal Palace is basically blocked and...More

Thank Michael B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On our way to Palacio Real we stopped in at the Catedral. My husband and I have traveled to China, Asia, Italy, France, and Central Europe so we have visited many churches, mosques, temples, and Cathedrals. Each place has a different cultural and therefore their...More

Thank Lizvacation
Reviewed June 12, 2018 via mobile

We had a nice brief visit to the Catedral. It was pretty but nothing spectacular. To be fair, we’ve visited the best the Europe has to offer. I’d take 10-15 minutes to visit when you’re in the neighborhood though.

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Reviewed June 10, 2018

This is one of my favorite Cathedrals in the world, second only to the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Catholicism is alive and well in Spain! Go to their website real quick, before you head over, because there are services and events that can effect the...More

Thank fabricfactrix
Reviewed May 30, 2018

Many people had quite negative comments on this cathedral. I don't understand the reason after visiting this magnificent architectural piece. The interior is tranquil and solemn. It may look a bit austere at the beginning, but its vastness is truly amazing. I would put it...More

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