CHURCHES IN MADRID
- La Almudena Cathedral
- Basilica de San Francisco el Grande
- Iglesia de San Sebastián
- Arzobispal Castrense
- de San Gines de Arles
- Basílica de la Concepción de Nuestra Señora
- Parroquia de la Santa Cruz
- Oratorio Del Caballero De Gracia
The beautiful city of Madrid is known for its art, culture and architecture all over the world. It has a rich and varied history that can be seen in its monuments and churches. It serves as the capital of Spain, which is why for centuries the city has provided shelter to different artists, architects and painters. From the most magnificent architectural wonders to the most amazing homages to famed Spanish figures, we take a look at the most beautiful churches you can visit in Spain’s capital.
1.) La Almudena Cathedral
Next door to the Royal Palace, the cathedral is a grey behemoth, with austere interiors peppered with bright stained-glass windows and colourful artworks that bring a modern touch to the neo-gothic style. The temple was opened for the public after being blessed by the Pope John Paul II while he was visiting the city of Madrid in the late nineties. The remarkable feature of the church is the location of the cross, which is North-South, instead of the usual East-West.
Location: Calle Bailén 10, Madrid
Timing: 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM
2.) Basilica de San Francisco el Grande
Built in the 18th century, this is one of the most iconic Catholic churches in Madrid.
The beautiful facade facing the Plaza of San Francisco, one of the most prominent domes in churches from all over the world, and other such features make this stunning place a must-visit for every tourist. Its dome is said to be the third-largest of any Christian church in the world and the largest in Spain.
Location: Calle San Buenaventura, 1, Madrid
Timing: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
3.) Iglesia de San Sebastián
This beautiful church was first built in the late 16th century. However, it was rebuilt in the 1960’s after being heavily damaged in the Civil War as well as the bombings by the Nationalists in 1936. It is famous for many different statues as well as oil paintings of San Antonio, Virgin Mary, Saint Sebastian and others.
Location: Calle de Atocha 39, Madrid
Timing: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
4.) Arzobispal Castrense
A beautiful specimen of Baroque style, this stunning church is the seat of Military Archbishop of Spain. Also, it is known as the Cathedral Church of the Armed Forces.
Location: Calle del Sacramento, 11, Madrid
Timing: 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
5.) de San Gines de Arles
Iglesia de San Gines de Arleis is a mix of Baroque and Neoclassical styles. It is one of the oldest Church in Madrid. It is the best place for the natives to celebrate festivals and perform religious rituals. Also, it was the most important place of worship in the city, before La Almudena.
Location: Calle del Arenal, 13, Madrid
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6.) Basílica de la Concepción de Nuestra Señora
Basílica de la Concepción de Nuestra Señora is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful Madrid churches. The place has light coming in and creating the right kind of energy for meditation and prayers. Also, facade and rest of the interiors are soothing to the eyes. The Basilica of Our Lady of Conception is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful Madrid churches.
Location: Calle de Goya, 26, Madrid
7.) Parroquia de la Santa Cruz
Located just about a hundred metres from the Plaza Mayor, Parroquia de la Santa Cruz is a favourite among tourists. Also, it leads up to the grand and exquisite interiors. The place has low lighting and might even seem too dark from inside, the whole aura adds to the spirituality of the place.
Location: Calle de Atocha 6, Madrid
Timing: 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM
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8.) Oratorio Del Caballero De Gracia
This beautiful chapel hidden in central Madrid is a place of worship for the Opus Dei, a conservative section of Catholics. The chapel might not be the easiest one to spot while walking on the road as it was build in the neoclassical style. Its mystery adds to the beauty and solemnity of the place.
Location: Calle Caballero de Gracia, 5, Madrid
Timing: 10:00 AM – 1:45 PM, 5:00 PM – 8:45 P