Catedral de Sta Maria la Real de la Almudena, Madrid

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The seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Madrid, the massive Catedral de Sta Maria la Real 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. A visit to Catedral de Sta Maria la Real de la Almudena represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Madrid trip builder site to plot your vacation.
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  • Almudena Cathedral, or Santa María la Real de La Almudena, is the seat of Catholicism in Madrid, and consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1993 its modern appearance is a staunch departure from many... 
    Almudena Cathedral, or Santa María la Real de La Almudena, is the seat of Catholicism in Madrid, and consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1993 its modern appearance is a staunch departure from many...  more »
  • Do not confuse this with the museum that is in the same building and is 7 euro to enter. The entrance to the cathedral itself is on the other side of the building. Very different architecture from....  more
    Do not confuse this with the museum that is in the same building and is 7 euro to enter. The entrance to the cathedral itself is on the other side of the building. Very different architecture from....  more »
  • We’ve been in hundreds of churches of all sizes, and denominations, from all different time periods all over the world. This may be the most disappointing, least artistic or aesthetically pleasing... 
    We’ve been in hundreds of churches of all sizes, and denominations, from all different time periods all over the world. This may be the most disappointing, least artistic or aesthetically pleasing...  more »
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  • We came across the Cathedral while on a city tour. We decided to take some time touring it and enjoyed every minute. The interior with all its works of art so typical of Spanish churches is spectacular. The exterior superb and the views breath-taking. Another gem in the beautiful city of Madrid. Really worth visiting.
  • I've seen a lot of big cathedrals in Europe and South America. This one was quirky enough to be somewhat interesting. Weird stained glass and some nice side chapels. Took off one star because it was hard to figure out how to get in (through a side door not the front doors).
  • The cathedral and it´s history is amazing! It was build over a period of over 100 years and you can tell by different artists, paintings and architecture. The colors of the paintings in the ceiling is amazing - so different from any other cathedrals I have been to. Great stained glass windows. The entrance to the cathedral is free, but if you want to go to the rooftop and museum the fee is 6 Euro. (Opening hours from 10am to 2:30pm) I really recommend to go up on the roof top - you will get a great view over Madrid. A must-see when in Madrid.
  • We went out early in the morning in Madrid with just a few hours to waste. We ended up in this cathedral and were in absolute awe over the ceiling and beautiful stained glass. We are not catholic, but I love visiting cathedrals. I love the art and the history of them. This is a must visit spot in Madrid. Pictures don’t even do justice of how beautiful it is. Most people think of cathedral as dark and dreary places with colorful stained glass but this cathedral is so bright and vibrant. I would love to go back.
  • I lasting representation of old Spain and the aristocracy trying to buy their way into heaven. What the populous is left with though is a staggeringly large piece of incredible architecture. The surroundings around the Cathedral and Palace make for an inviting area to sit, relax and take in the views.

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