"Visit the Cathedral of our Lady of the Almudena" Almudena Cathedral Tip by DanielF

Almudena Cathedral, Madrid: 68 reviews and 134 photos

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  • Visit the Cathedral of our Lady of the Almudena - Madrid
  • Visit the Cathedral of our Lady of the Almudena - Madrid
  • Visit the Cathedral of our Lady of the Almudena - Madrid
 

Unlike most of the Spanish historic cities, Madrid has not had a monumental cathedral until very recently. When philip II chose Madrid as the capital of the empire, it was such an insignificant town that it was not even a bishop's seat. The plans to build a cathedral in Madrid date back to this period, but were slowed by the powerful bishops of Toledo, from which the city of Madrid was dependant.

The creation of the diocese of Madrid was only achieved in the XIX century. It was then that the plans to build a cathedral opposite the royal palace took a new impetus under the sponsoring of King Alfons XII.

The original plans foresaw the construction of a Neo-Gothic church, following the fashion of the 19th century. Later on, it was decided that a classicist exterior would fit better into the environment. In particular, it would match better with the façade of the Royal Palace. Although many people see it as pastiche, it cannot be denied that it completes the monumental appearance of the Royal Palace in an admirable way.

Address: Calle de Bailén, 10, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Phone: +34 915 42 22 00
Website: http://www.catedraldelaalmudena.es

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  • Updated May 26, 2008
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