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The Almudena Cathedral

This is located beside the Royal Palce. The constructions of this cathedral was started in 1883. It is based on a 13th century style cathedral. The final stages of the constructions were completed in 1993.

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May 19, 2005

Royal Palace surroundings - Almudena Cathedral

This building was finished and inaugurated by pope John Paul II by 1992 after more than a century of work. It is relatively new, although its name comes from musleems name 'almudayna', that stands for 'grain market'.

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Aug 11, 2005


Next to the royal palace you'll find the cathedral - one of the least impressive cathedrals in Europe in my opinion, possibly because it took so long to build and they changed style so many times.

Skip it and go see the Cathedrals in Andalucia

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Oct 01, 2003

Santa María la Real de La Almudena

the main Cathedral of Madrid is the so called Santa María la Real de La Almudena (Almudena Cathedral), the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Madrid, while the Toledo Cathedral in nearby Toledo is the seat of the National Spanish Roman Catholic Church. This large cathedral is done in a mixed Gothic Revival , Romanesque Revival and Neoclassical architecture and was only started in 1870 and was only finished in1993 as was designated as Madrid's Cathedral as Madrid had no cathedral since after 1561 after the capital was moved from Toledo to Madrid of which the San Jerónimo el Real Church beside the Prado Museum served as the unofficial Cathedral. It lies beside the Royal Palace.

This Cathedral was made by architects Francisco de Cubas, Fernando Chueca Goitia, Giovanni Battista Sacchetti, Enrique María Repullés, Carlos Sidro on a site of the former Church of Santa Maria De Almudena which was Madrid's Patron's Saint. The Cathedral is about 104 meters long and 76 meters wide and has a single knave and many side chapels and a Dome of 20 meters in diameter. It also has a museum which has a separate entrance and has displays on the history of the church and the archdiocese of Madrid.

Phone: +34 915 42 22 00


9:00 am to 8:30 pm everyday

admission is free in the Cathedral

Museum Hours:

Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm
Closed on Sundays

tickets for the museum:

adults: 5 euros
children less than 12: 2.50 euros

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Oct 04, 2016
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Catedral de La Almudena (Cathedral of La Almudena)

It took more than 100 years to finish the Cathedral, and it was officially blessed by Pope John Paul II on 15 June 1993.

Info in english:


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May 31, 2007


I like to be in a cathedral and think about how small I am. But unfortunately we couldn't visit this one.

Feb 17, 2006

The Cathedral - MADRID

Fantastic architecture and there is ongoing restoration work to keep the artifacts in good condition.

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Feb 26, 2005

el Cripto

The back of Catedral de la Almudena, known as el Cripto, has a separate entrance and is a separate chapel altogether. Entrance is on Calle Mayor.

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Feb 22, 2008
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A picturesque Cathedral

This Catherdal is right in front Madrid's Palace Royal. It's huge, a castle of it's own and very much worth a visit.

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May 21, 2011

Beautiful church window

Always take the time to look around and also look for details. This glass church window looks fairly modern to me.

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Jan 29, 2004

La ALMUDENA Cathedral

The works did not start till 1883, though. Finally in 1993, the cathedral of Madrid was consecrated!

It's dedicated to the Virgin of la Almudena.

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Mar 10, 2005


The Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Almudena faces the Royal Palace. Believe it or not it was completed only in 1993 due to lack of funds, damage during Civil War and other delays.

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May 02, 2007

Things To Do Near Almudena Cathedral

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Royal Palace

although the Royal Palace was originally a royal residence since 880 AD since the time of Henry III of Castile, the Palace became the official Royal Palace after the Capital was moved to Madrid from...
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Arab Wall

Next to the Cathedral you find rememnants of an Arab citywall dating back from the 9 th century. Its a 3 meter high wall build in flintstone materials and is situated in the parque of Emir Mohamed,...
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Plaza de Oriente

Nope, Royalty could not be found here, as their official residence is the less exposed venue of Zarzuela palace. The King and Queen would only be found here during official receptions and events of...
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Mercado de San Miguel

this is my things to do tip for the Mercado De San Miguel, which is a favorite private market that is mainly a collections of tapas bars inside rather than a fresh market. I will have a separate...
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Jardines de Sabatini

We didnt have the chance to go inside, but we just saw it from the top from the palace. Attractive, shapely garden with stricktly sheared trees and bushes in a french style. The way a garden around a...
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Teatro Real

The Royal Theatre was built on the site of several former theatres. Construction began in 1818 at the request of Ferdinand VII but was not completed until 1850 due to political events and lack of...
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Getting to Almudena Cathedral


Calle de Bailén, 10, 28013 Madrid, Spain


  • Sunday 09:30 to 20:30
  • Monday 09:30 to 20:30
  • Tuesday 09:30 to 20:30
  • Wednesday 09:30 to 20:30
  • Thursday 09:30 to 20:30
  • Friday 09:30 to 20:30
  • Saturday 09:30 to 20:30