Don't miss the route to its blue cupola. One of the best visits in Madrid.

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Almudena Cathedral

Cathedral, museum and a splendid cupola.

The cathedral came late to Madrid. It wasn't until 1993 when Pope John Paul II consecrated it as a temple of Christianity. How so? Although Madrid became the residence for the Kings of Castilla in the 16th century, the city belonged to the Archdiocese of Toledo until 1885, whose archbishop was designated the Cardinal Primate of the Church of Spain. Two years earlier, Alfonso XII laid the building's first stone as part of his neo-Gothic plans, in fashion at the time. But the turbulent history of twentieth century Spain, with its civil war in the middle, meant that its construction would take longer and would be finished in a more reserved style. Open from Sunday to Monday from 10 am to 9 pm, the façade of the Almudena will delight you with its two towers and inside with its colour and ribbed vaults. Go and see the Christ of Compassion, work of Baroque sculptor Martínez Montañés, and the funerary chest of San Isidro. If you want to see more, you can visit the museum featuring objects of historical and artistic value, that includes the route to the blue cupola. From up there you can take in one of the best views in Madrid. And it's one of the best-kept secrets, so you'll feel honoured to be there.

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