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Almudena Cathedral (Santa María la Real de La Almudena) is a Catholic church in Madrid, Spain. It is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Madrid. The cathedral was consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1993.
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The cathedral and it´s history is amazing! It was build over a period of over 100 years and you can tell by different artists, paintings and architecture. The colors of the paintings in the ceiling is amazing - so different from any other cathedrals I have been to. Great stained glass windows. The entrance to the cathedral is free, but if you want to go to the rooftop and museum the fee is 6 Euro. (Opening hours from 10am to 2:30pm) I really recommend to go up on the roof top - you will get a great view over Madrid. A must-see when in Madrid.
I lasting representation of old Spain and the aristocracy trying to buy their way into heaven. What the populous is left with though is a staggeringly large piece of incredible architecture. The surroundings around the Cathedral and Palace make for an inviting area to sit, relax and take in the views.
It is a place of prayer, to be noted in the first instance, although a Catholic church, it is also a tourists attraction that can be visited, taking selfies and photos of the interior.
Start by admiring the entrance doors, if not for the story of Christ but for the 3 D designs of the tableaux. Be equally prepared to be whisked into another world that would make you think about religion, even for a brief moment once you are inside, and walk out feeling peaceful. Enjoy.
If you are visiting Madrid, this cathedral is a must see. Both the outside and inside of the cathedral are stunning and great spots to take photos. You will be impressed by the colorful details inside and the gorgeous architecture outside!
It is an interesting young cathedral dedicated by Pope John Paul II. I have seen nicer cathedrals and Basilicas but it is right across the Royal Palace and easy to go to so I would at least take 30 min. to go inside and form your own opinion. I liked the different stained glass the most, followed by the interesting door where you can recognize the Pope himself.