"Iglesia San Jose" Madrid Things to Do Tip by suvanki

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  Iglesia de San Jose Madrid facade
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  • Iglesia de San Jose Madrid facade - Madrid
      Iglesia de San Jose Madrid facade
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  • Iglesia de San Jose Madrid stone carvings - Madrid
      Iglesia de San Jose Madrid stone carvings
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  • Iglesia de San Jose Madrid - Madrid
      Iglesia de San Jose Madrid
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Wandering along Ave Alcala, I came across this unusual church facade of red brick and stone carvings. The church was closed. I stood admiring the exterior for quite a while. I especially liked the 4 stone carvings of arabic looking mens faces (see photo 2 below)

It was designed by Pedro de Ribera, and built in 1773. It stands on the site of the convent of San Hermanegaldo. This is considered to be one of the best examples of Baroque architecture in Madrid

Apparently inside is some of Madrids best examples or religious artwork by artists such as Michel, Salvador Carmona, Alonso de Mena, Sánchez Barba, González Velázquez, and Bautista Peña. It is also recognised for its acoustics - holding musical performances.

The 19th-century neoclassical-romantic style altarpieces its outstanding feature. The Santa Teresa chapel is a good example of rococo style with ornate features and frescoes on the dome.

The Festival of San Jose is 19th March

Address: Calle Alcala 43, Madrid 28014
Directions: METRO - BANCO ESPANOLE
Near junction of Calle Alcala and Gran Via

Phone: +3491 522 6784

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  • Updated Feb 23, 2008
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