The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Madrid is one of Spain's fourteen Metropolitan Archbishoprics. Incumbent Archbishop of Madrid since 28 August 2014 is Carlos Osoro Sierra, until then Archbishop of Valencia.
Despite Madrid having been the seat of the Spanish Crown since 1561, the diocese was only created in the late 19th century and gained archbishopric status in 1991. Its cathedral archiepiscopal see is the Catedral de Santa María la Real de la Almudena, in Spanish national capital Madrid. The metropolitan city area also has several Minor Basilicas: the Basílica Ex-Catedral de San Isidro (former Pro-cathedral), the Basílica de San Lorenzo (World Heritage Site, in El Escorial), the Basílica de la Asunción de Nuestra Señora (dedicated to the Assumption, in Colmenar Viejo), the Basílica de la Concepción de Nuestra Señora the Basílica de Nuestro Padre Jesús de Medinaceli, the Basílica de San Vicente de Paul (Milagrosa), the Basílica de Santa Cruz (dedicated to the Holy Cross, in El Valle de los Caídos), the Basílica Pontificia de San Miguel, the Real Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Atocha (royal, a National Shrine), the Real Basílica de San Francisco el Grande (also royal).
Andreas Gavrielides | May 30, 2018
It is one of the landmarks of Madrid and a must-see if only for its amazing architecture. The whole atmosphere is quite breathtaking and will leave a lot of people satisfied as it is conveniently located next to the Royal Palace and you can combine the visit.
Lourdes Santiago | May 25, 2018
It was amazing! I went in at opening time and enjoyed the whole time there. A lot of history. Very interesting and not crowded at all (at that time)
James E | Apr 16, 2018
A serene and beautifully build cathedral. It's a great historical landmark very close to several other worthwhile landmarks in Madrid. I really enjoyed the peacefulness or the cathedral, especially after a long week of traveling. Make sure you check the service schedule so you don't try to tour during mass.
Prakash Devassy | Jun 23, 2018
Big cathedral church. Santa Maria. Good to visit. Also there is a small chapel inside only for prayer. Clam...
Stephanie Pace | Apr 5, 2018
Beautiful cathedral that is right next to the palace. Quite a few people inside of the church when we visited. I loved the stained glass windows and the art inside. Plenty of pews for people to sit and pray. A quiet and respectful place with prayers daily. The exterior is nice as well.
Natalie Ryland | Jul 13, 2018
Beautiful! The church encourages silence/whispers and discourages shorts and tank tops (so bring a wrap). A Gothic interior, neo-classical exterior, amazing stained glass and dome. Iconography of Jesus, the Virgin Mary, and other saints on display. Public bathrooms.
Khaled Zaki | Jul 8, 2018
Amazing building and full of art and architecture, its location as well in front of the royal palace give the feeling of how magnificent and mysterious the times of kingdoms were. The area infront of the cathedral is perfect for tacking picture as it is in the middle between the palace and the catedral
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