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Catedral de Sta Maria la Real de la Almudena

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Address: Calle Bailen 10, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: +34 915 42 22 00
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9:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 8:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Begun in 1879 but inaugurated in 1993, the cathedral is Neo-Gothic with...

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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Also good at night

We visited the Cathedral during the day but also walked past it at night on our way back to the Hotel. Its part a small quiet area in Madrid and close to the Royal Palace. The... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Walnut Creek, California
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Lagos, Portugal
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The scale, namely the height, was about the only thing that impressed me in this cathedral. As for the rest, I got the sensation that its creators tried to combine classical and modern elements which, in my humble opinion, did not work out very well.

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Stuttgart, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Although this is a relatively newer church, compared to others in Europe, this church was very enjoyable to stroll through. Small donation was expected, but definitely worth it. Plan on an hour visit to leisurely stroll around this masterpiece. Don't forget to visit the adjacent palace, which is truly amazing. Have fun.

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You can go and see the cathedral for free or you can choose to see the museum and the view from the top for 6€ (adults). I recommed the whole tour. It is worth the money and the view from the dome is amazing.

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Naples, Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not so great for the Cathedral of a great European capital, except the ceilings and the abside, the rest was without notice. I haven't seen the cript

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Walnut Creek, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Cathedral during the day but also walked past it at night on our way back to the Hotel. Its part a small quiet area in Madrid and close to the Royal Palace. The Plaza de Oriente is near by which is also car free.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The cathedral is beautiful but the Cripta is the most amazing cripta one could see and i was in many. Dont miss it

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Bloemendaal, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great city to go for lovers of art, architecture and great food. Locals? Absolutely friendly and always happy.

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Chorzow, Poland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

what makes it quite a new construction. Neverthless the interior is quite interesting and definately worth visiting. The pipe organs, the statue of Virgin Almudena, great ceiling. Do not miss to see the main entrance doors - really a masterpiece. After the cathedral - allow 20-30 minto see the Crypt - worth seeing!!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely cathedral with photo ops as long as you maintain silence. Found this to be a great place to meditate in the midst of s bustling city.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First of all, we only visited the cathedral itself, not the museum nor the cupola. To see just the cathedral, you come in the side and they request €1 donation. If you are interested in the museum and cupola, then you must buy a €6 ticket. This cathedral is new, for Madrid standards, and opened in 1993, though construction began... More 

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