La Almudena, Cathedral of Madrid

La Almudena, Cathedral of Madrid

The Almudena Cathedral is located in the historic center of the city, adjoining the Royal Palace, where Bailen Street intersects with Calle Mayor. The exterior of the Cathedral, is neoclassical and the interior is neo-Gothic.

La Almudena, from Bailen and Mayor Streets

View from La Almudena from Bailen and Mayor streets.

The frescoes and stained glass in the photo above, were made by Kiko Arguello in 2003, with a neo-Byzantine influence. These adorn the dome of the altar, with the most important moments of the life of Christ; the Baptism, Transfiguration, Crucifixion, Christ Pantocrator, The Resurrection, Ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

Vista interior hacia el presbiterio de la Catedral de la Almudena
Interior arches of La Almudena

 

Interior de la Catedral de la Almudena

Interior of the Almudena Cathedral

The photo above and the following photos show the chapels of the two aisles of the cathedral.

Arcos del interior de la Catedral

Arches inside the Cathedral

Arches of the nave of the Almudena, which overlook the aisles and chapels.

Detalle de una capilla de la Catedral

Detail of a side chapel of the Cathedral

To the right of the photo below is the altar with the fifteenth century Gothic altarpiece, painted by Juan de Bourgogne and the image of the Virgen de la Almudena.

Detalle de la Capilla de la Virgen

Details of the Chapel of the Virgin

Beneath the altar, the tomb of the Queen Maria de las Mercedes, which was the driving force behind the construction of the cathedral. To buy the land next to the Armory Square in 1879, and in April 4, 1883, the King Alfonso XII laid the first stone for the future cathedral.

Órgano de la catedral
Cathedral organ

Picture of the Central Nave with pipe organ in the background. It was created by the German Gerhard Grenzing and the wood carving by the Tudanca Brothers.

The ceiling decoration is the work of painter Jose Luis Galicia. It is of a geometric character, with a style reminiscent of the Mudejar coffered ceilings, due to its colors and the use of gold leaf.

Puerta de bronce de la Catedral de la Almudena

Bronze door of the Cathedral of the Almudena

The three bronze doors of the main facade of La Almudena, are the work of sculptor Luis Sanguino. These doors are opened only on special occasions, and so I was surprised this day of my visit.

The central door, is known as the door of the Holy Trinity. The two side doors, refer to the Catholic monarchy of Spain and Latin America. The one shown in this photo, is a part of Latin America’s theme.

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