Church of San Antonio de los Alemanes, Madrid

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St Antony of the Germans is a Baroque, Roman Catholic church located at the corner of Calle de la Puebla and Corredera Baja de San Pablo Madrid, Spain. It is noted for its baroque interior decoration. It was declared Bien de Interés Cultural in 1973.HistoryThe 17th-century church is built in the Baroque style and was designed by Pedro Sánchez. The highly decorative High Altar and three side altars belong to the 18th century and were commissioned by the last Habsburg kings of Spain.The church was built in the 1620s-1630s by King Felipe III along with a hostel and hospital for the Portuguese migrants who moved to Madrid when Portugal was under Spanish rule. For this reason it was originally called Hospital de los Portugueses. When Portugal gained independence, Phillip IV's Queen, Mariana de Austria, dedicated the refuge to German immigrants, and changed names.King Phillip V gave the administration of the church over to the Hermandad del Refugio (Fraternity of Sanctuary), and this group continues to manage it today, offering food and shelter to the homeless of Madrid.The Church is dedicated to St Antony of Padua, patron saint of the poor. St Antony was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1198, and became a first an Augustinian, then a Franciscan order monk, well known for his eloquent sermons. He preached in France and Italy, and died in Padua in 1231 at the age of 36. St Antony is considered the patron saint of those with items lost or misplaced.
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  • Nondescript on the outside but heart stopping on the inside. For a small fee, you can take at least a half hour to gawk at the fully fleshed out dome and walls, frescoes galore, as others have said...  more »
  • A church that dates back to c17 Hapsburg queens. It is part of a charitable foundation for pilgrims and travelers from Germania. You can only visit when there is a church service. Most people go on.....  more »
  • One of Madrid's best kept secrets! Even many locals don't know about it. The paintings in this small church are simply astonishing. Well worth the visit if you are in the area
  • They call it Madrid's sistine chapel, and they may be right, it's a small space but very beautiful nonetheless. The entrance costs €2, but if you enjoy classical churches then it's well worth it. It's also a good place to sit down and take in all the paintings and get some rest from all the walking around the city. Make sure to check the visiting hours because it is a working church and the do hold mass. They give you a plastic printout telling you about its history and what the paintings mean, just to use during your visit, but I believe it's only in Spanish, but ask anyways just in case. A good visit after you have visited all the main ones.

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