A Cathedral In The Royal Gardens
La Almudena Cathedral is located next to the Royal Palace, and has an interesting history due its construction over many years and by four different architects. Inspired by French 18th century Gothic, Francisco de Cubas first designed the cathedral and construction began in 1883. It is thought to be the first of its kind to contain a Romanesque cript.
Slow Progress Throughout The Years
Many delays occurred throughout the years and progress was slow. After Cubas’s death, new architects took over the project, but it was halted again during the Spanish Civil War. When construction finally started again in 1950 with new architects, Gothic style was considered out of date.
Madrid’s Roman Catholic cathedral was not considered completed until 1993. It is an impressive building with an array or architectural styles, with beautiful stained glass windows. It has an unconventional charm, and also has a museum which you can access for a €6 admission fee.