La Cathedral de la Santa María de la Almudena

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Madrid, Spain

La Cathedral de la Santa María de la Almudena Madrid Reviews

Vikram Vikram
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Stunning cathedral! Stunning experience! Don't judge a book by its cover! Oct 23, 2012
When I saw this grey and white hued cathedral right by the Palacio Real, I was thinking "ho hum, just another cathedral". Infact, I thought it was free but turns out we have to pay a 6E fee for the entrance. Thank God for the Madrid Pass!

So some history about the place - Santa María la Real de La Almudena is a Catholic cathedral and was built when the capital of Spain shifted from Toledo to Madrid on a site of a supposed burnt down mosque. The church has been designed in a Gothic revival style.

So as soon as you walk in, you don't go directly to the altar but you take the lift to the museum on the 2nd floor. That floor contains various memorobilia including various dresses that Priests wore in the past. The same floor also has a magnificent view of the Palacio Real.

But to me, the absolute highlight was walking up to the terrace. It has some of the most amazing statues I've ever seen. And the clear sunshine and crisp blue skies made this a photog's heaven. Just amazing!

Took the lift to the ground floor to marvel at what was inside. The Neo-Gothic interior is uniquely modern, with chapels and statues of contemporary artists, in heterogeneous styles, from historical revivals to "pop-art" decor. The Neo-Romanesque crypt houses a 16th century image of the Virgen de la Almudena. Overall, it was a very nice place, very lively and actually very bright for a Cathedral, not as dark as the Toledo one.

Overall, I was really happy I chose visiting this place and would gladly go there again and again...if nothing else, just for the splendid terrace.
Statues atop the terrace
The front facade of the Cathedral
The main door
More statues atop the terrace
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halilee says:
Beautiful place!
Posted on: Dec 08, 2012
Vikram says:
LOL Vance!!
Posted on: Dec 07, 2012
vances says:
How apropos to exclaim "Thank God for the Madrid Pass" to get into a church for free!
Posted on: Dec 07, 2012
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Pearl510 Pearl510
162 reviews
Jul 10, 2007
This is a must-see in Madrid! A beautiful cathedral, build in neoclassicism architecture, to make it fit with the style of the palacio real that is next to it.

The plans for the building were made in the 16th century, yet the construction was started only in the late 19th century, and took more than hundred years to complete. La Almudena has a very light interior, with colorful ceilings, modern painted glass windows, and even some pop-art influences. It is not the kind of building you imagine when thinking of a cathedral, but then again, it exceeds the expectations.

As I said before, this must be one of the most beautiful catholic buildings I've seen, together with the Saint Peter in Rome, the dome in Florence and the Chartres cathedral in France.

The entrance to the Almudena is free, when you want to visit the museum you need to pay though.
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