The Cathedral of La Almudena is located in a nice area and it has great views, specially during the summer where you can sit or stroll around and watch the amazing sunsets.
The style of this cathedral is mainly based in the Neo-Classical on the outside and of the Neo-Gothic on the inside. The exterior is marked by its sobriety which contrasted with the inside where there are notable sculpture such as "The Christ of the Good Death" by Juan de Mesa and several frescoes.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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?)
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.
Madrid’s new cathedral is actually not that new since it took almost 100 years to build. It is situated next to the Palacio Real. This Catholic cathedral was officially consecrated in 1993 when Pope John Paul II visited and dedicated to the Virgin of Almudena, who it is said had a statue outside the walls that only revealed itself to Christian soldiers by the walls crumbling after they prayed to find it. It appears that a building project in the location of this occurrence is now being worked on.
There is a statue of Pope John Paul II on the side of the building near the main entrance. The first royal wedding held in the cathedral occurred in 2004 between Prince Felipe and Letizia, Princess of Asturias.
The cathedral has a grey and white exterior and a neo-Gothic interior that is rather unique from other Gothic cathedrals. While the basic structure is Gothic, the modern stained glass windows and the colorful paintings on the ceilings give it a new appearance.
There is a very large altar with a statue to the Madonna and Child, which was quite popular among those visiting the cathedral. In the silver base of the statue are reliefs of the symbol of Madrid, the bear with the strawberry tree.
Below the cathedral is probably one of the most beautiful crypts I have ever seen. This neo-Romanesque crypt was absolutely spotlessly clean and bright white. Dedicated to the Virgin of Almudena, there are many families buried in the floors, the walls, and in the chapels of the crypt. In the central part of the crypt is a worship area.
There is a 16th century painting of the Virgin de la Amundena in one of the smaller side chapels of the crypt.
A donation is requested to enter the crypt.
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.
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.
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.
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 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