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.
The largest and most important Catholic church in the city is widely considered a masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance architecture. Construction
started in the 16th century and the interior belongs to this period. However, the main facade is the 18th ...
As the Plaza Mayor's first building, it served as a model for the rest. The original had archways that gave
people access to the square and its daily market from the main street, or Calle Mayor. It was built ...
It took almost 400 years to build Spain's largest church and the third biggest in the Christian world. Standing on
the site of what was Seville's main mosque, one can still see elements of the Mudejar style of art ...