Plans for the construction of a new cathedral for Madrid dedicated to the Virgin of Almudena began in the 16th century, but the slow construction did not begin until 1879. Francisco de Cubas, the Marquis of Cubas, was the architect who designed and directed the construction in a Gothic revival style. Construction ceased completely during the Spanish Civil War. The project was abandoned until 1950, when Fernando Chueca Goitia adapted the plans of de Cubas to a neoclassical style exterior to match the grey and white façade of the Palacio Real, which stands directly opposite. and was not completed until 1993, when the cathedral was consecrated by Pope John Paul II. On May 22, 2004, the marriage of Felipe, Prince of Asturias to Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano (who was thereafter known 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 from Kiko Argüello.
He visitado varias catedrales europeas, pero la Almudena francamente me encanta mucho porque se siente mas ligera, iluminada y llena de vida por sus frescos de vivisimos colores casi bizantinos! Gracias por compartir y saludos desde Nicaragua!
Muchas gracias Managüense! Un saludo desde Alemania a Nicaragua, Wim
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Photo taken in Palacio, Madrid, Spain
Catedral de la Almudena
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