Catedral de Sta Maria la Real de la Almudena, Madrid

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The seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Madrid, the massive Catedral de Sta Maria la Real de la Almudena serves as a splendid example of Gothic revival style. Although the Catholic Spanish monarchy moved the seat of its empire from Toledo to Madrid in 1561, this major cathedral wasn’t completed until 1993. While inside, take note of the pop-art decor and statues by contemporary artists, both of which remain unusual features among European Catholic cathedrals. Head into the crypt to see a 16th-century image of the Virgen de la Almudena. Ascend the copula for views over Madrid. A visit to Catedral de Sta Maria la Real de la Almudena represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Madrid trip builder site to plot your vacation.
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  • It is worth a popping in to see as it is next door to the palace. Beautiful ceiling and modern stained glass windows. Only 1 euro donation.  more »
  • This large cathedral is worth looking into if you are near the royal palace but in a country filled with wonderful examples of large churches and cathedrals of many eras, this is no more than "average...  more »
  • Huge Cathedral which has been maintained very well. Located right next to the palace and a good stop off when visiting the palace.  more »

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