Catedral de la Almudena, Madrid

Catedral de la Almudena, Madrid (must see)

Opposite the Royal Palace, you will find the Catedral de la Almudena, a Baroque-style cathedral which is less than twenty years old.

This lovely church was designed by Marquis Francisco de Cubas. Construction began in 1879 on the site of a medieval mosque. The original plans gave the church a Gothic Revival style with a Neo-Classical cupola. One unusual feature about the church is its orientation – North-South, instead of the traditional East-West.

Construction limped along for over 50 years and it was abandoned entirely during the Spanish Civil War of 1936 to 1939. Work started again in 1950 under the direction of Fernando Chueca Goitia who adapted the original plans and gave the church its present-day Baroque style.

The interior of the cathedral is modern Neo-Gothic, with many small chapels and statues of contemporary artists in diverse styles. The crypt is Neo-Romanesque with a 16th-century image of the Virgin de la Almudena. In 2004 new paintings by Kiko Arguello were hung in the apse.

The cathedral was completed in 1993 and was consecrated by Pope Jean Paul II, a statue of whom is to be found in front of the building. Don’t miss the bronze doors by Sanguino which bear the legend of the discovery of the image of the Virgin in the 15th century.

Why You Should Visit:
Another gargantuan cathedral, and conveniently located across from the Royal Palace for some time effective sightseeing.
The museum section is a must for anyone interested in the history of the Catholic Church in Madrid.

Tip:
After viewing the beautiful altarpieces and magnificent vestments plus manuscripts of the clergy in the (paid admission) museum, you can ascend to the dome where views in all directions can be had. The climb also allows proximity to the oversized statues of saints perched on top.

Opening Hours:
(Cathedral) Daily: 9am-8:30pm
(Museum) Mon-Sat: 10am-2:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Catedral de la Almudena
Sight Location: Madrid, Spain
Sight Type: Religious
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