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.
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'.
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
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
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
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:
I like to be in a cathedral and think about how small I am. But unfortunately we couldn't visit this one.
Fantastic architecture and there is ongoing restoration work to keep the artifacts in good condition.
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.
Always take the time to look around and also look for details. This glass church window looks fairly modern to me.
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.
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.