Almudena Cathedral, Madrid

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    Catedral de la Almudena - The crypt.

    by Beach_dog Written Sep 15, 2003

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    We started our tour by entering the crypt, I dont think people would notice the doorway at the end of the cathedral.

    I managed to capture this photograph of the base of a column, the early morning sunlight was falling through the stain glass window and the effect was interesting.

    The crypt mostly has the burials of many of Spains more well known or richer folks from the last century. Some were quite new.

    Sunlight on a column.
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    Madrid's Cathedral

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jun 23, 2013

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    Madrid's Cathedral is right next to the Royal Palace. It is a wonderful building and it is possible to take an excellent photo of it from so many different parts of Madrid. Entry is by optional donation for the upkeep of the building. The suggested amount is one euro. Inside the church had some wonderful frescoes and beautiful stained glass windows. Despite the many visitors to the cathedral, the building was very peaceful inside. Some chapels had been set aside for silent prayer and taking photographs was not allowed in these areas, though it was fine in the rest of the building. Outside the cathedral was a statue of Pope John Paul the second commemorating his visit to Spain.

    Inside the cathedral. The cathedral from the river.
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    The Cathedral Of Almudena

    by babettu Written Dec 2, 2005

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    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.

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    The royal cathedral

    by IIGUANA Written Mar 7, 2005

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    The Almudena Cathedral, next to the Palacio Real, is Madrid's cathedral and where all royal events happen. It was here that prince Felipe married Letizia.
    The cathedral took over 100 years to be built, starting in 1883. It took that long because of the civil wars and political problems within Spain. It was once called San Isidro, but it's now Almudena in honour of the Virgin of La Almudena.
    It's now over, and it's definately a beatiful church worth visiting.

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    The Cathedral

    by ger4444 Written Apr 8, 2006

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    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

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    Catedral de la Almudena

    by acemj Updated Dec 17, 2002

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    Just to the south of the Royal Palace, you'll see this impressive cathedral, which originally was intended to be Gothic in style, but as the funding ran out, the architectural scheme was altered to the present more classical structure.
    I walked in and was impressed by the domed ceiling as well as the stained glass throughout.

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    La Almudena

    by Carmela71 Updated Nov 11, 2003

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    Madrid Cathedral is called La Almudena.

    It is in neo-gothic style and has a Romanesque crypt. It is close to the Royal Palace.

    The windows, the pictures... all deserve a visit.

    We entered for the first time to the crypt. Here you can find many buried tombs. some of them very recent (I wonder how much they will pay in life to be buried here?)

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    Madrid's Cathedral

    by msocolin Written Jul 30, 2007

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    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.

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    Almudena Cathedral

    by cinthya_in_victoria Written Dec 30, 2008

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    Its full name is Santa María la Real de La Almudena. Its construction began in 1879 by the architect Francisco de Cubas and was completed until 1993! when the cathedral was consecrated by Pope John Paul II (the cosntruction was abandoned until 1950, when Fernando Chueca Goitia adapted the plans of de Cubas to a neoclassical style exterior to match the grey and white facade of the Palacio Real, which stands directly opposite).
    Here Felipe, Prince of Asturias married Letizia Ortiz on May 22, 2004 (what a lucky girl!).

    The neo-gothic interior is uniquely modern, with chapels and statues of contemporary artists, from historical revivals to "pop-art" decor. The neo-romanesque crypt houses a 16th century image of the Virgen de la Almudena.

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    Almudena

    by maestrousmc Updated Mar 11, 2008

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    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.

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    The Cathedral

    by lina112 Updated Dec 15, 2007

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    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.

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    Beautiful, big and peaceful

    by Joacim Written Dec 19, 2006

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    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!!!

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    At least take a look at the outside...

    by maria_mullah Written Apr 9, 2006

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    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

    La catedral nuestra senora de la Almudena
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    Wow - what views! - Cathedral Dome

    by davidcross Written Oct 29, 2009

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    I am about as religious as my dog but I am really into Church architecture and music. Paintings and treasures I can take or leave. I had no intention of going to the Cathedral Museum until I realised that the ticket also gave access to the dome (cupula). The views from here over Madrid are breath-taking.

    On your way out you pass through the Cathedral itself and the blend of traditional Baroque with very modern architecture is fascinating.

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    Almudena Cathedral

    by barbskie Updated Feb 13, 2009

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    A neo-gothic style of architecture designed by the Marques of Cubas in 1879. It is located at the Calle Bailan alongside the the Palacio Real. It is the home of Madrid's Patroness, Our Lady of Almudena.

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