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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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A must visit to see the colourful ceiling

A lovely Cathedral and a very unique and colourful ceiling - definitely a highlight for our visit to Madrid.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went here as the queue into the Palace was too long and then found that we got a balcony view of the Changing of the Guard and the Parades as it was a Wednesday morning. The Cathedral itself was impressive with lovely views from the bell tower as well as the balconies overlooking the Palace Parade Ground. The Museum... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Built for the royal family this is truly fit for a king. Very impressive church with many chapels which have extremely modern stained glass and a fantastic altar. A service in the huge area must be very impressive. The history of Madrid seems to be very Moorish and this was built in an area where a Islamic mosque used to... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice cathedral adjacent to the Royal Palace. Loved it! Easy to combine the two visits, but make sure you go before 1430 ( a bit odd they close that early... )

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Windsor, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This cathedral is huge. You could spend a hour or more walking around inside it and not see everything. There are many alcoves with different things displayed. The ceiling is magnificent. Don't miss the side facing the Palace. There are great photos to be had when the sun is setting.

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Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This building is simply a must to visit if you are interested in seeing how buildings were built in times past. There is a interesting high section, reached by climbing stairs , where there are images depicting the stations of the cross, ( to the best of my knowledge). Unlike other Cathedrals I have visited, this one is well lit... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Almudena is the large cathedral situated just south of the Royal Palace. Built between 1883 and 1993, after 110 years of off and on construction, the cathedral was consecrated by Pope John Paul II. Opening Hours are 9am to 8.30pm (Sept-June) and 10am to 9pm (July-Aug). The interior of the cathedral is of an interesting blend of Neo-gothic architecture and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Again you must visit, FULL OF WONDER, the tragedy is its so financially rich in side yet a young man with terrible deformity outside. No good benefits system in span

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely Cathedral and a very unique and colourful ceiling - definitely a highlight for our visit to Madrid.

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Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The large cathedral is almost next to the royal palace and just 1 euro donation to enter. lovely and cool inside, especially welcome on our visit as the weather was so hot outside. lovely architecture, marvelous ceilings and crypt.

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Manhattan, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This cathedral is right across from the Royale PAlace, so you can do two sites in one afternoon or morning. Well worth the visit to look at the chapels that had various interesting chapels on the side, plus the big impressive altar of " Sta Maria La Real Dela Almudena" on the right side the main altar. Also there is... More 

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