Catedral de Sta Maria la Real de la Almudena, Madrid

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Church · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Madrid, the massive Catedral de Sta Maria la Real de la Almudena serves as a splendid example of Gothic revival style. Although the Catholic Spanish monarchy moved the seat of its empire from Toledo to Madrid in 1561, this major cathedral wasn’t completed until 1993. While inside, take note of the pop-art decor and statues by contemporary artists, both of which remain unusual features among European Catholic cathedrals. Head into the crypt to see a 16th-century image of the Virgen de la Almudena. Ascend the copula for views over Madrid. A visit to Catedral de Sta Maria la Real de la Almudena represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Madrid trip builder site to plot your vacation.
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  • Almudena Cathedral, or Santa María la Real de La Almudena, is the seat of Catholicism in Madrid, and consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1993 its modern appearance is a staunch departure from many...  more »
  • Do not confuse this with the museum that is in the same building and is 7 euro to enter. The entrance to the cathedral itself is on the other side of the building. Very different architecture from....  more »
  • We came across the Cathedral while on a city tour. We decided to take some time touring it and enjoyed every minute. The interior with all its works of art so typical of Spanish churches is spectacular. The exterior superb and the views breath-taking. Another gem in the beautiful city of Madrid. Really worth visiting.
  • I've seen a lot of big cathedrals in Europe and South America. This one was quirky enough to be somewhat interesting. Weird stained glass and some nice side chapels. Took off one star because it was hard to figure out how to get in (through a side door not the front doors).

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