Madrid's cathedral took over 100 years to build, due to political conflicts, wars, and a lack of financial resources. ... More
Catedral de la Almudena
Madrid's cathedral took over 100 years to build, due to political conflicts, wars, and a lack of financial resources. According to legend, it's named after the Virgen de la Almudena, whose icon was found during the Reconquest hidden in a house that was called Al Mudena in Arabic. The building's exterior is an example of eclectic 19th-century design. The doors are bronze and there's an image of the Virgen (now Madrid's patron saint) on the façade. The interior is full of light, benefiting from the stained-glass windows and multi-colored ceiling. Its grand Grezing organ is played on Sundays and on holidays.
Very great cathedral in which you may feel the mighty of Spain during the Middle Age.
There are differencies betweem Almudena and the others Roman-Catholic churches in Madrid.
Man can feel this inside the church.There is something "strange",something "out of order".
I can t explain this by words...
I just returned from a trip to Madrid, Spain. I was very excited about seeing the Cathedral de la Almudena, as I enjoy visiting all cathedrals when in Europe. I was unaware that the cathedral was closed due to construction. They are installing a new floor, so only the crypt in the lower level was open. I was very disappointed. Otherwise, Madrid is a beautiful city, the buildings, people, and the shopping were great. I would go back if I had a chance.
I hated it here, there is nothing to do!! It is soooo boring! all you od is walk around in a building all day! I do not recomend going here, but if you really wnat to, then you are in for a big surprise!
Not to slight the place, but we just took a 2-wk guided group tour throughout Spain, and if you are going to see cathedrals in Toledo, Seville, Granada, Barcelona, etc. you could skip this one and spend more time at the Royal Palace next door or walk through Plaza Mayor.
Its was fun to seee and go to for the evning. It was a funn fore the childen to. We still licked to see the arts a stuff in side the area. I wood have liked to stey longer but i had to get bak to work the next dey.
Madrid's cathedral is located alongside the Royal Palace. It was designed in 1879 by the Marques of Cubas in neo-gothic style and has a romanesque crypt. The construction work was renewed in 1946 by the architects Carlos Sidro and Fernando Chueca Goitia in a neo-baroque style that covered the already built neo-gothic part.
The work was finally terminated in 1993 and the Cathedral was consecrated by Pope John Paul II on the 15th June, 1993.
In Madrid there are a lot of girls called Almudena.
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