The Church of San Isidro el Real was built in a Baroque style in 1664 by the order of Maria of Austria (King Carlos I’s daughter) It was dedicated to Saint Isidore the Laborer as well his wife Santa Maria de la Cabeza whose remains were brought here in 1769. The Saint was remembered for his good deeds for the poor. The decorations of the church features works of art by Sebastian Herrera, in particular his altarpiece, Ricci, Claudio Coello andJuan Pascual de Mena.
Built in the 17th century, la Colegiata de San Isidro served as the cathedral of Madrid until la Almudena was completed in 1993. The Baroque style church is located just to the south of Plaza Mayor along Calle de Toledo and can be seen from Plaza Mayor. Parts of the interior of the church are very richly decorated (see attached photos).
This Cathedral has for long time been the main Cathdral of the city of Madrid, yet nowadays the Almudena has that function. The church is build in baroc style and goes back to the 17 th century. The two big towers are the striking feature of the curch wich is visible from the Calle de Toledo. Isidro is the patron saint of Madrid
The whole name is Santa Iglesia Colegiata de San Isidro y Parroquia de Ntra. Sra. del Buen Consejo, and it is the former Cathedral of Madrid, dedicated to San Isidro, the patroon of the city.
Most people visit this cathedral to view its elaborate alter. The patron saint of Madrid is also burried here.