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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 915422200
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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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Well placed cathedral to visit alongside the palace. A quiet and tranquil spot as you would expect- ornate as you'd also expect. Free to enter - donations welcome

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Peterborough
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Well placed cathedral to visit alongside the palace. A quiet and tranquil spot as you would expect- ornate as you'd also expect. Free to enter - donations welcome

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Now me and Mrs;Jones love Cathedrals and old churches so we were really looking forward to seeing this one. The building itself is stunning in its Architecture. Internally there is a beautiful alter and the usual amazing statues that are common in most Spanish holy places. What STUNNED me was the lack of respect shown by the tourists in there,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Almudena is the female patron saint of Madrid and the cathedral in her honour is the Catedral de Santa Maria la Real de la Almudena. It is situated next to the Palacio Real so should you be planning to visit the Royal Palace you should consider making time to visit the cathedral also. Construction of the cathedral started in 1893... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You can easily come here with wheelchairs and they got technical equipment for people with hearing loss. A nice catedral with colorful windows and also a machine with souvenir coins for those who collects them. When you enter the catedral, you can see that they would you to donate 1 euro for the visit. I recommend to donate, where else... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This visit was my second time in the Almudena. One of the things I love (apart from the beauty of the building and its interior) is the serenity and tranquility of the space. People actually do respect the nature of the Almudena and it's one of the quietest and most peaceful churches I've visited anywhere.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Madrid's Cathedral is an interesting building. Its location - opposite the Royal Palace - cannot be faulted. Architecturally it is a bit of a mongrel; what would appear to be a renaissance-style on the outside conceals a rather more Gothic interior. That said, the Cathedral is well worth a visit - if only to see the side-chapels, the Shrine to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This cathedral is a beautiful example of the grand buildings we can see rise up from the ground. It's well maintained and has an inspiring look to it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a church! So stunning outside and in, extremely busy around 4pm so I'd definitely try this in the mornings to get a better look around. You don't have to be religious to appreciate the architecture and detail this cathedral has. Really worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Madrid and this was part of our sightseeing list. Based right next to the royal palace it is worth making the trip to see both. At the time there was a ceremony of sorts so we got to see traditional Spanish dancers perform on the square which added to the experience. Didn't go in but would still recommend... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This cathedral is directly across from the royal palace in Madrid. The cathedral is traditional and very beautiful. You can walk over 300 steps to reach the top of this cathedral. Near the top, the stairs are very narrow. The view at the top is worth it. There are large statues of the twelve apostles. You can get a good... More 

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