The Church of San Antonio de los Alemanes

The Church of San Antonio de los Alemanes is downtown in a hard to locate street called Corredera Baja de San Pablo, 16. The architect of this church was Pedro Sanchez, who worked on the church between 1624 and 1633. The facade of the church is plain and simple, but when one enters the church, one finds an ellipsoidal design, which is unique in Madrid churches. All the surfaces have fresco paintings of the life of San Antonio de Padua, a Franciscan monk who was born in Portugal in 1195 and died in Padua in 1231. The main altar is Neoclassic in design and has angels by the sculptor Francisco Gutierrez. An altar to the right of the main altar has a painting of El Calvario, by Lucas Jordan. The left chapel shows La Trinidad, by Ruiz de la Iglesia. There are other paintings by Lucas Jordan that show the life of the saint. The vault has the painting of La Apoteosis de San Antonio, done by Carreño de Miranda. This little church is one of the most beautiful churches in Madrid.


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