Parroquia Santa María la Real de la Almudena, Madrid

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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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  • Beautiful building and huge. Queues to go inside were manic, so we never got to go in. But well worth a walk all around, you can see through the gates and it is very picturesque.  more »
  • Maybe because it is a relatively recent Cathedral, whose construction had the beginning in the mid-19TH Century, and therefore different from those I know, neo-Gothic, neo-classical style and neoromantico is a magnificent monument, with a splendid interior light. Worth also + and visiting your crypt and your Museum. This Cathedral is right in front of the Royal Palace, so it is recommended that the visit of these two monuments can be made on the same day.
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  • You have to visit it when you go to Madrid, it's really wonderful, giant and its conditions are perfect.
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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.