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, 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).It was declared Bien de Interés Cultural in 1982.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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  • August 15, 2017
    The origin seems Mozarabic, though apparently it was founded shortly after the conquest of Madrid. In 1643 is needed to tear down the old building and replace it with that now you see, after a restoration of 1756. The interior is monumental, the main chapel has the copy of the canvas which burned at the beginning of the 19th. It has a devotional and almost independent chapel dedicated to Christ, and a crocodile skin contained in another a trophy.
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  • August 9, 2017
    The Church of San Ginés is one of those places for which all locals and visitors have gone on countless occasions, but few have come to know. It is a neoclassical Church located on the street arenal and place of pilgrimage for night owls and early risers who seek the famous churrería which his Holy gives its name. It is a small, but very nice, construction especially the North facade, with the 3 arches that give to the plateresque patio. A bit of history: This temple dates back to the 12th century and was originally outside the walled city. The poor suffered several fires and their corresponding restorations. The current appearance is due to the last, undertaken in the eighteenth century.
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  • July 28, 2017
    In the heart of the capital, stands this temple is well preserved and illuminated. It highlights the main altarpiece, with a colossal painting depicting the martyrdom of the titular Saint of the Church. It is worth to explore each of the side chapels.
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  • May 7, 2017
    Beautiful , attended mass there today , dignified with amazing side alters and grace.
  • March 18, 2016
    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
  • January 12, 2016
    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.
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