Iglesia de San Isidro, Madrid

#22 of 114 in Historic Sites in Madrid
Church · Tourist Spot
Grand, ornate, and elegant, Iglesia de San Isidro represents a 17th-century Baroque church erected in recognition of the patron saint of Madrid Isidore the Laborer and his wife Santa Maria de la Cabeza. A collaboration of sorts, the temple represents the work of architect Pedro Sánchez, who began working on the church in 1620 under the Jesuit Order. The temple later came under the patronage of Saint Isidro, which prompted a renovation of the interior, including a chancel, high altar, and rich decoration. In 1936 the structure fell victim to fire during the Spanish Civil War, after which the temple underwent two decades of restoration, with the addition of a new facade designed by architect Javier Barroso. Many of the relics have since been recreated through replicas. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Madrid holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Iglesia de San Isidro and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This church used to be the cathedral of Madrid, before the cathedral of Almudena was erected. The temple is beautiful! Also the patron of Madrid, Saint Isidore and his wife are buried in this...  more »
  • Beautiful church her is the body of San Isidro It is a big church and a peaceful place Very easy to find and close to Plaza Mayor and metro La Latina  more »
  • The best baroque church in Madrid, from my opinion
  • One touristic hotspot. Nice square but not really my thing

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