Taken at Santa María la Real de La Almudena, Catholic cathedral in Madrid.
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. Plans were discussed as early as the 16th century to build a cathedral in Madrid dedicated to the Virgin of Almudena, but construction did not begin until 1879.
Francisco de Cubas, the Marquis of Cubas, designed and directed the construction in a Gothic revival style. Construction ceased completely during the Spanish Civil War, and the project was abandoned until 1950, when Fernando Chueca Goitia adapted the plans of de Cubas to a baroque exterior to match the grey and white façade of the Palacio Real, which stands directly opposite. The cathedral was not completed until 1993, when it was consecrated by Pope John Paul II. 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 Neo-Gothic interior is uniquely modern, with chapels and statues of contemporary artists, in heretogeneous styles, from historical revivals to "pop-art" decor.
The Neo-Romanesque crypt houses a 16th century image of the Virgen de la Almudena. Nearby along the Calle Mayor excavations have unearthed remains of Moorish and medieval city walls.
On the 28th of April 2004, Cardinal Antonio María Rouco Varela, Archbishop of Madrid blessed the new paintings in the apse, painted by Kiko Arguello, founder of the Neocatechumenal Way. The cathedral is the seat of the Patriarch of the Indies and the Ocean Sea, an honorific patriarchate created in the sixteenth century, and subsequently an honorific title for the Spanish court's chaplain.
Nombre de archivo Almudena015.JPG
Nombre del modelo de cámara Canon DIGITAL IXUS 95 IS
Hora y fecha de disparo 03/10/2012 11:04:05
Tv (Velocidad de obturación) 1/50
Av (Valor de apertura) 2.8
Tamaño de la imagen 3648x2736
Espacio color sRGB
Tamaño de archivo 3608 KB
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lousat (57610) 2013-02-07 11:08
Ciao Manuel,.il titolo spiega tutto,grande cattura per creare una prospettiva simmetrica e di grande impatto,perfetta esposizine,dettagli e colori,molro originale.Buona serata,Luciano
krzychu30 (8849) 2013-02-07 11:16
your title says everything.It´s amazing scene,where´s all about the perspective and point of view.And the one you´ve discovered for this shot creates here really fabulous effect.Love it!it´s very strong and expressive when it comes to its graphics.Masterfully composed.
Have a nnice evening
siudzi (23857) 2013-02-07 13:09
Indeed, your POV determined the composition very well so the work is creative and unique. Very well seen and done. Thanks for sharing.
jjcordier (62280) 2013-02-07 22:35
Un POV original et un bon cadrage donnant une vision inhabituelle et belle de l'intérieur de cette cathédrale.
Une note très intéressante.
timecapturer (30300) 2013-02-08 2:41
a glorious POV and creative composition. The detailing and colours are magnificent, but it is your light management here that makes this so spectacular. Exquisite!
Have a great weekend - Brian.
dkmurphys (36759) 2013-02-09 6:00
Superb artistic detail. I like the quality and the original POV. Good work!
Rafer (14205) 2013-02-09 10:07
Excelente punto de vista y con un color muy atractivo... Saludos Manu!!!
JFS (32107) 2013-02-10 23:45
Espectacular detalle de La Almudena, nadie le saca más valor a esta catedral que tú. La foto me encanta!!!
macjake (39227) 2013-02-27 18:58
I'm sure Juan enjoys this one very much :)
as do I.
its amazing how the blue comes to life so vividly against the other grey's.
and i love the triangles and smart extension lines.
EstelleJ (921) 2013-04-04 13:18
This image is so spectacular, it has very artistic qualities to it - with a hint of abstract graphic art. I love the strong colors, light management and contrast here. Wonderful harmony of symmetry of the geometrical shapes and the painting-like vibrant centerpiece of the photo!
Tfs and have a great evening!
- Copyright: Manuel Mayorga (ManuMay) (33311)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-10-03
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon Ixus 95 IS, FujiFilm xD Card 2GB, Kenko 58mm UV
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/50 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-02-07 10:50