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.
Madrid's most important cathedral is surprisingly modern and perhaps this is part of the reason why locals in general are not overly fond of it. Although its construction began in 1879, it was only finished in 1993, in a style that is meant to reflect that of the Royal Palace that sits in front of it. The cathedral is dedicated to the Virgin of Almudena, Madrid's patron saint, and it is open to the public free of charge.
A ten minute walk from Plaza del Sol (of course everything is contingent upon how many copas you have on the way), Almudena possess a notable Gothic facade. With several chapels containing poignant images of the saints its interior - for all my fellow architecture lovers - is considered to be modern for its time.
Note that mass is still observed so plan your free tour of its interior accordingly. Nonetheless, should your visit coincide with this, there are plenty of photo ops.
During Christmas an awe-inspiring nativity scene is positioned outside.
Yes, Madrid does have a cathedral too! In my opinion is not a very impressive one, it has a very different style to the many oter wonderful cathedrals we have in Spain. However it's a nice view right next to the Royal Palace, and the views from the cathedral are also worth checking out.
The Almudena Cathedral, situated next to the Royal Palace, took well over a 100 years to complete. It was finally consecrated by Pope John Paul on the 15th June, 1993. Prince Felipe and Letizia got married here.
La Catedral de la Almudena está situada junto al Palcio Real, se ha tardado en terminarse unos 100 años. Finalmente fue consagrada por el Papa Juan Pablo Segundo el 15 de Junio de 1993. El principe Felipe y Letizia se casaron aquí.
Although work began in the late 19th century, it was not until the 1980s that construction of Catedral de la Almudena was completed. The work was interrupted during the civil war resulting in the delay. The neo-classical style was chosen as a complement to el Palacio Real which faces the Cathedral. In 1993, the Pope inaugurated Almudena making it the new official cathedral of Madrid and one that is befitting of the capital of Spain.
Although plans to build this cathedral began in the 16th century, it was not fully completed until 1993. The cathedral is located next to the Royal Palace. Begun in the gothic revival style, the cathedral was finally built in the neoclassical style to match the grey and white of the Royal Palace (Palacio Real), with a quite modern interior.
The construction of Almudena Cathedral was originally started in 1883 not as a cathedral construction but as a church construction. In 1884, Madrid became a diocese by Pope Leo XIII and this made it possible to build a cathedral instead of a church. The work continued until 1999 but in 1993 the cathedral declared complete and the cathedral was the same yeas consecrated by Pope John-Paul II.
The cathedral is 104 meters long and 76 meters wide. The central dome has a diameter of 20 meter. The interior is very modest and somewhat modern if you compare it to other cathedrals in the region.
When you enter the cathedral don't miss to look at the fantastic doors!!!
This Neogothic Cathedral is located opposite to main entrance of Palacio Real ( Royal Palace). The building of this cathedral lasted above 100 years (1883-1993). Inside can you see the pictures from XVI century - Virgen de la Almudena and from XII century - Virgen de la Flor de Lis. The picture Virgen de la Almudena is renowned for many miracles.
Don`t miss the beautiful stained glass windows.
You can see the great panorama for La Almudena from the terrace in Parque Oreste.
The Cathedrals full name is Santa Maria la Real de la Almundena but it is usually listed in guide books as Almundena Cathedral. Construction of the Church began in the 1800's but work was not completed until 1993 when the Cathedral was consecrated by John Paul ll. The design began in the Gothic Revivial Style but was changed to Neoclassical style to match the Royal Palace. I particularly liked the stunning blue facade complete with the Statue. The Cathedral is a stunningly beautiful building with a uniquely modern interior.
Calle Mayor comes to an end in the front of the main temple of Madrid - Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Almudena. It is near to the Royal palace. It was built more than hundred years. The beginning of construction happened in 1880, and the ending occured only in 1993. The initiator of the construction was Alfonso XII. He wished to bury his first wife Maria who esteemed Madonna Almudena in a temple. The temple was consecrated with daddy John Paul II. The sculptural image of the madonna is stored in the Cathedral.
This cathedral is opposite the Royal Palace. I didn't think there was much worthwhile to see here. It was begun in 1879 and took almost a century to complete. Near the cathedral is an excavation of Madrids midieval city walls.
This cathedral is really something, so take your time to have a good look at it.
Don't bother going inside if you're not really interested, I went inside, and I don't remember
anything from my visit there, so, probably it wasn't that special =P
Catedral de la Almudena is sitated next to the Royal Palace. On the squre before the entrance there is a statue of pope Johannes Paulus the second who had visited the cathedral in 1992. The main etrance doors are decorated by that happening, depicting the royasl and the pope in handcraft work. The interior of the cathedral is a bit disappointing, its hugh but very sober and simple. Its mainly in neogothic style and the cathedral dates from the 19 th-20 th century. In the burrial cellar there is a depicture of Almudena to see, the depictions on the ceiling over the altar are also very impressive. Yet i ve seen churches of more interest anyway in Madrid. (qua interior) yet the cathedral from the outside is very impressive and a striking landmark of the madrelinean skyline as see from the calle de Bailen or the parque del Oeste
Almudena Cathedral is situated just opposite the main entrance of the Royal Palce. It is a magnificent cathedral dedicated to the Virgin de la Almudena. It has a 19th century design with typical stained glass windows and multi coloured ceiling. The name ' Al Mudena ' origins from the name of the house where the icon of the Virgin was found by the Christians. Don't miss out the paintings inside the cathedral and it is worth visiting the crypt.