Almudena Cathedral

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Cathedral of Saint Mary the Royal of La Almudena
Catedral de Santa María La Real de La Almudena

The Almudena Cathedral viewed from north

Basic information
Location Madrid, Spain
Geographic coordinates 40°24′56″N 3°42′52″W / 40.415586°N 3.714558°W / 40.415586; -3.714558Coordinates: 40°24′56″N 3°42′52″W / 40.415586°N 3.714558°W / 40.415586; -3.714558
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Rite Roman
Province Archdiocese of Madrid
Year consecrated June 15, 1993
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Active
Status Cathedral
Website Website of the Cathedral
Architectural description
Architect(s) Marquis of Cubas
Fernando Chueca
Architectural type Church
Architectural style Neoclassical
Neo-Gothic
Neo-Romanesque
Groundbreaking April 4, 1883
Completed June 15, 1993
Specifications
Length 102 m
Width (nave) 12.5 m
Materials Granite of Colmenar Viejo and marble from Novelda
The Catedral de la Almudena

The Almudena Cathedral (Spanish: Catedral de la Almudena) is a Catholic cathedral in Madrid, Spain. It is one of the newest landmarks in Madrid. It is on a hilltop, next to the Royal Palace.

It was designed as long ago as 1879, but then the plans were changed to make it look like a 13th century cathedral like the one in Rheims. Building started in 1882, but during the Spanish Civil War no more work was done do it, and the building was not finished until the 1980s. The architects who finished it, Fernando Chueca Goitia and Carlos Sidro, made some of the building look neo classical style. It was consecrated in 1993 by Pope John Paul II.

From the front of the cathedral, visitors can see parts of the old city wall which was built in the 9th century.

In May 2004 Prince Felipe, the heir to the throne, married Doña Letitia Ortiz Rocasolano in the cathedral. She was a newsreader on Spanish television.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Essential Madrid, 2008, ISBN 1595-08220-4

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