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Catedral de la Almudena, Madrid
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The seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Madrid, the massive Catedral de la Almudena serves as a splendid example of Gothic revival style. Although the Catholic Spanish monarchy moved the seat of its empire from Toledo to Madrid in 1561, this major cathedral wasn’t completed until 1993. While inside, take note of the pop-art decor and statues by contemporary artists, both of which remain unusual features among European Catholic cathedrals. Head into the crypt to see a 16th-century image of the Virgen de la Almudena. Ascend the copula for views over Madrid. Make Catedral de la Almudena a part of your Madrid vacation plans using our Madrid itinerary maker.
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  • Cathedral style neoclassic, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, located in the historic centre of Madrid, opposite the Royal Palace.
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  • This cathedral is definitely not for everyone, as it is a combination of 3 different architectural styles, constructed by 4 architects. This is due to the cathedral not being finished before the death...  more »
  • Situated opposite the Royal Palace. Majestic Cathedral, which, after being so it now San ISIDRO Church. Despite being the current Kings of Spain, married to my particular I didn't like. Impressive and very pretty on the outside but cold and austere on the inside. Sensational night lighting.
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  • This cathedral is not as spectacular or historic as others are across the country but it is modern and colorful and has several impressive alters.
  • I happened to accidentally stumble on the cathedral (I saw a crowd of people & followed because I assumed that they were rushing towards something momentous). I'm not Catholic (or Christian for that matter) so I failed to realise the significance of the date. It was Palm Sunday. The harrowing church choir could be heard from more than 200 metres away and everyone stood in crowds holding palm leaves. As I moved closer, I watched a long parade of people follow the bishops (priests? I'm not entirely sure) into the cathedral. A small section was open to tourists and it was astounding to witness such an extensive amount of people in worship. There were atheists amongst us and everybody was moved by it. Although the service was in Spanish, it was still one of the most spectacular things that I've ever witnessed.
  • Not the biggest cathedral in Europe by far, but still beautiful. I received a private tour because one of my friends was close with the pastor at the cathedral. A special memory from my trip.
  • It's ok but have seen much better ones. If you never been to the Basilica in zaragoza, I suggest you go, it's stunning.
  • This was one beautiful church. It was like the cathedral had enclosed several rainbows inside. Almudena cathedral can take an hour to do an elaborate tour inside. It was free to visit in May 2015.