The principle church of the Diocese of Madrid, the Catedral de Santa María la Real de la Almudena, is a relatively modern building, started in 1883 and not completed until 1993. when it was consecrated by Pope John Paul II
Remarkable as it may seem, the delay until such recent times in the building of a cathedral in the capital can largely be attributed to the fact that Madrid was part of the Archdiocese of Toledo, which was reluctant to relinquish it. When the capital of Spain was transferred from Toledo to Madrid in 1561, the seat of the Church in Spain remained in Toledo; so the new capital – unusually for a Catholic country – had no cathedral.
Unusually for a church, it is not oriented east and west, but has its orientation north and south, as it was originally conceived as an integral part of the Royal Palace complex. A second entrance, in the Calle Bailén, has impressive bronze doors by the sculptor Sanguino, depicting the discovery of the image of the Virgin.
On May 22, 2004, the marriage of Felipe, Prince of Asturias to Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano (known thereafter as Letizia, Princess of Asturias) took place at the cathedral.
The Gates visible in the forefront are the gates of the Palacio Real de Madrid - the Royal Palace that stands just opposite this cathedral. I am standing on Plaza de la Armería - The square that was laid on 1892.
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pajaran (36190) 2012-09-07 13:18
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o Crkvi.
Dobra ostrina i kontrast, lepe boje.
dobra kompozicija, lepa crkva.
Sve najbolje za vikend.
Very interesting and good text about the Church.
Good sharpness and contrast, beautiful color.
good composition, beautiful church.
All the best for the weekend.
MJR (3141) 2012-09-07 13:24
A dramatic shot, in tricky light. While it casts a strong shadow to the front the bright light gives effective higlhights to the roof detail.
A good note rounds off a good post .
( the top of the bald head is a shame ! )
carlo62 (12550) 2012-09-07 13:30
bella e grande cattedrale.
Molti i particolari visibili.
williewhistler (7265) 2012-09-07 13:36
the pleasing symmetry of the composition show the impressive architecture of the Cathedral to very good effect.
The note is comprehensive and most interesting.
emka (58110) 2012-09-07 23:34
This view I know :). Very nice shot of Almudena cathedral, I like the symmetry of the shot. Nice bluish tones. Impressive view. Interesting note, I did n't know it.
Graal (88852) 2012-09-08 0:15
beautiful architecture of cathedral here. Good shot and presentation. An interesting note. I like the details.
Have a nice WE.
Noel_Byrne (7329) 2012-09-09 5:39
images like this are the reason I love this site, there are so many architectural treasures around the world, and all unique in their design, colour and purpose. This is a beautiful building, I particularly like the statuary dotted around it. The blue pastel colour suits the church really well, the first time I have seen a church this colour. Nicely done!
Silvio1953 (98093) 2012-09-09 6:34
Ciao Arunava, great view of fantastic cathedral, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Fis2 (73084) 2012-09-09 12:41
Good frame and light.
I like the towers and cupola.
tedesse (22116) 2012-09-11 3:15
Looks interesting Almudena cathedral with three towers.
Nice staff, good colors and sharpness.
Have a nice day