Parroquia Santa María la Real de la Almudena, Madrid

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Church Tourist Spot
The seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Madrid, the massive Parroquia Santa María 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. Make Parroquia Santa María la Real de la Almudena a part of your Madrid vacation plans using our Madrid itinerary maker.
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  • The cathedral was consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1993, so it is a modern cathedral. So the stained glass window pictures have a modern flavour (less figures) and there are no old tombstones withi...  more »
  • The cathedral itself is beautiful.... The crypts below even more so. Don't miss.... It's two sights in one. The murals and the pillared crypts mesmerizing. Admission is free.  more »
  • Of all the Churces in Madrid this is one to spend some time in. Also, don't miss the Cripts below the Catedral!  more »
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  • Worth to see.
  • The crypt is must-see, a place with a highly recommended special magic for personal worship and that stands out artistically by not having it an only capital equal to another. Visits are free of charge, although symbolic donations are accepted. Also it is noteworthy that this place tends to be much less crowded.
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  • Neo-Romanesque crypt, located in the southern façade of the Cathedral. Impressive the multitude of columns and their different capitals. Monolithic columns of the nave are more than 3 meters. A copy of the Virgin of la Almudena, but the real gem is a painting of the 13th century called the Virgin of the Flor de Lis was painted by Alfonso VI
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  • It is a crypt of the more impresionanteque I've seen. It is advisable to see.
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  • It is a highly recommended beautiful neo-Romanesque crypt
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