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Church of San Ginés, Madrid

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The church of San Ginés, in Madrid, is one of the oldest churches in that city. It is situated on the Calle Arenal. References to it appear in documents dating from the ninth century. Originally built in Mudéjar style (of the structure only the campanile survives), it was rebuilt in 1645.HistoryThe church was one of the churches of the medieval Madrid, of Mozarab origin, from between the 12th and 13th centuries, and its name comes from the fact that it was dedicated to the patron saint of notaries and secretaries, Saint Genesius of Arles (San Ginés de Arlés).DescriptionThe church is preceded by an atrium enclosed by railings. It has a Latin cross plan, with a nave and two aisles separated by semicircular arches and several side chapels and the altarpieces belong to the Neoclassical-Romantic school. It was, however, totally reconstructed after suffering several fires, so few remnants of the original church, such as the bell-tower, remain. In 1870, the loggia and atrium facing the Calle Arenal were added.In the Santísimo Cristo Chapel there are artworks by Alonso Cano, Luca Giordano and el Greco.In fact, the painting by El Greco is not to be found in the chapel of the Santísimo, it is situated in the main church but covered by wood and it is only on display on Saturdays from 11.30 am to noon.
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  • The visit to the Church deserves only for painting by El Greco, which is in a kind of wooden crate. Are there specific hours to see it and I am pretty tight.
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  • Down the calle Arenal Real Theatre road, hand left discovers a stylized Tower covered with slate and a precinct as a small square that with half a dozen steps allow the entrance to the portico of three beautiful arches, as well as Temple and the unique church sacristy, entroncada with the French (Arles), the Catholic monarchs and the legend of the crocodile I could not locate. In short, all of it, is worthy of visit, from the image of Judas Tadeo, arousing great devotion among the faithful, the chapel of the most Holy Christ of redemption, the chapel of Nuestra Señora de las Angustias, presenting an impressive Neapolitan carving of the Santísimo Cristo de la Salud at his feet. We must highlight the castle chapel, before the remedies, where it was exhibited in a beginning of the 16th century, an enormous alligator, so it was known for the chapel of the crocodile, crocodile that as I said earlier, time ah, who disappeared while you know nothing of it. As a curiosity, highlight that the shells of holy water, correspond to two giant clams brought from America and that original temple Lope de Vega married by proxy Doña Isabel de Urbina.
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  • The Iglesia San Ginés is in the heart of the historic centre of Madrid on the Calle Arenal between Puerta del Sol and the Teatro real. From the outside, the Church looks rather inconspicuous and relatively unadorned. We have been surprised but the beauty of the venerable space inside. There are a lot and we felt very comfortable. If you want to look at everything in peace, you should allow 45 minutes.
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  • Really nice church and on the free tour they said that there was a dead crocodile in there a long time ago .It's free to go in but they encourage you to put some Money for donations .The only problem was the beggers near the entrance
  • We were on a walking tour and had walked about 5 minutes from Puerta del Sol and came upon the Church of San Gines which is the site of one of the oldest places of Christian worship in Madrid. It is free to get in although they encourage donations. It is small and compact and worth touring around. The only disappointing part is the beggars who surround the entrance who hassle you when entering and leaving.
  • Beautiful building
  • It is my church of baautismo but get little edges uun with it not to make pictures,...
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  • Wonderful experience
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