Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, Madrid

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Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande boasts the largest dome in Spain. This impressive Roman Catholic church with Neoclassical design is a source of excitement, as the exterior is beautifully done. Once inside, take a tour and discover large collections of paintings, statues, and objects. The guide will explain the importance of the building and its history. The streets surrounding this attraction are filled with shops and entertaining nightlife. Make your Madrid itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
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  • From its detailed dome to an art collection including Goya Madrid's Real Basílica de San Francisco el Grande is a sight to behold. Built from 1776 to 1784 and declared a National Monument in 1980... 
    From its detailed dome to an art collection including Goya Madrid's Real Basílica de San Francisco el Grande is a sight to behold. Built from 1776 to 1784 and declared a National Monument in 1980...  more »
  • This is a world class basilica, with a massive dome and extensive paintings, sculptures, and decorative architectural features everywhere. There are also the back rooms which you can visit, they... 
    This is a world class basilica, with a massive dome and extensive paintings, sculptures, and decorative architectural features everywhere. There are also the back rooms which you can visit, they...  more »
  • The Basilic is absolutely splendid! You can get a guided tour for free if you go there during the afternoon. The visit is only available in spanish though. Anyway, the experience was really... 
    The Basilic is absolutely splendid! You can get a guided tour for free if you go there during the afternoon. The visit is only available in spanish though. Anyway, the experience was really...  more »
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  • Outside and park next door looked pretty rough for such a landmark but inside and the done were amazing. Look out for the (ahem) additions that look almost like cardboard cutout when looking up. Great monument that needs a little love to be spectacular.
  • Arguably one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been from an architectural standpoint. The history is fascinating, the artwork from the 1400-1500’s, the organs, the entire experience is genuinely breathtaking. Our guide was primarily Spanish speaking, but he gave brief explanations on things to English speakers too. You have the option of walking through on your own or with the guide - definitely do the tour first and then walk around to see more of what catches your eye. I can’t recommend this enough, absolutely a must see in Madrid.
  • Beautiful Catholic Basilica with an unassuming exterior. The murals on the inside are exquisite and so are the various statues. Staff and guide are super friendly too! We had a chance to visit their little museum at the back which houses various paintings, some done by Goya and Velázquez, and donated by Museo de Prado.
  • Very beautiful, really worth a visit. The minus point: the entry costs 5 € because you get a group explanation of the basilica BUT is just in Spanish. They should have other tickets like for free or perhaps 2€ in case people don't speak Spanish.
  • It's a gorgeous basilica. If you like frescoes, why not visit for €5? My 360° photo is bad enough that if you like the photo, you'll want to see more 😂

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