Catedral De La Almudena

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Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Disappointing Nov 11, 2011
After Phillip II made Madrid into the capital city in the sixteenth century, there was talk of a cathedral being built at this location. However, it wasn’t until the late nineteenth century that work actually began, and even then, things lingered on to the extent that the cathedral wasn’t complete until 1993. Although this is the year that John Paul II consecrated it, the cathedral was still having some tweaks and embellishments made to it until 1999.

Given the long pace of affairs, one would expect the cathedral to be an amazing site. Unfortunately, it isn’t. It’s rather bland and sterile, and truly lacks the grandeur and awe that the cathedrals of other European capitals have created. The art doesn’t seem to be bad, and it’s quite daring and modern in places. But the whole effect isn’t cohesive, and everything looks a bit jumbled as if you have stumbled into some strange art market. The only positive things I liked were the interior (painted in a vivid rainbow of electric colours) and the flowers (great to see so many fresh roses here).

There is very little to see here, or be inspired by, but it’s worth a quick visit I suppose. Entrance is free, though a voluntary donation of 1 Euro is suggested. Photography is allowed.
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lauro lauro
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Santa María la Real de La Almudena Aug 04, 2011
Catedral De La Almudena or in full - Santa María la Real de La Almudena is the most beautiful cathedral i had seen in all my travels!

i live in central europe, so mostly the cathedrals here are constructed of "pure" gothic architecture which have very intricate facades but dark and gloomy inside and tall spires with gargoyles - the feeling was supression and depression - not really a place of worship but inside the almudena cathedral - the interior is alive with colors and light from outside which is illuminated by the stained glass of the church windows that gives "the rainbow effect" inside the white painted interior of the cathedral. the feeling inside "was enlightening". the ceiling of the cathedral is fantastically painted with "pop art" which is very unusual for a cathedral of the conservative roman catholic church.

the cathedral is named for the saint patroness of madrid - La Virgen de la Almudena, which the icon of the virgin is the centerpiece of the altar. the cathedral also faces the Palacio Real, the residence of the King and Queen of Spain. Prince Felipe, the prince of asturias and Princess Letizia were married in the cathedral in 2004.

the cathedral was constructed in gothic revival architecture and took more than 100 years to complete. it was consecrated by the late Pope John Paul II after it was completed and finally - madrid has a cathedral of it's own.

the entrance to the cathedral is basically "free" you can donate a couple or even a euro if you wish.
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