Known for short as the Almudena Cathedral, this church is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Madrid, was consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1993.
Apparently, while plans to build this sanctuary had been under discussion since the 16th century, construction of churches in the Spanish colonies were considered a higher priority, therefore, the project of Madrid's cathedral kept being postponed for many years.
Even though most large European cities have their signature cathedral, Madrid seems to have ended with a more modest monument. Without a standout façade and somehow hidden nearby the Royal Palace, Madrid’s cathedral may seem cavernous and austere. I personally found it elegant and charming, even though it may lack the distinguishing grandeur expected in one of the great cathedrals of Europe.