The construction of the Almudena cathedral began in 1879, after centuries of discussion following the transfer of Spanish capital from Toledo to Madrid in 1561. Construction got abandoned during Spanish civil war and resumed several times later. It got finally completed in 1992 and was consecrated by Pope John Paul II , making it the modern cathedral of Madrid, compared to all the other Spanish cities with centuries old cathedrals. It very much match in appearance with the grey and white façade of the Palacio Real, which stands directly opposite. The Neo-Romanesque Crypt, is the oldest section of the Cathedral and houses a 16th century image of the Almudena Virgin.
Address: Calle de Bailén, 10, 28013 Madrid, Spain. Closest subway station is called ‘Opera’ which can be reached via either Line 5 or Line 2
Access: Free entry to the cathedral,charges apply for viewing the museum. I have read that the ticket price also includes the visit to Cathedral Sacristy and Chapter Hall as well as it takes you to the dome from where the view over Madrid is spectacular! Sadly, lack of time didn’t permit us to do so. ( Instead we experienced the view from the top of Palacio de Cibeles on another day- read the post here 🙂 )