To talk about Madrid is to talk about many places of interest: the Plaza Mayor, the Puerta del Sol, the Royal Palace, the Debod Temple ... and the cathedral. Due to its location, in front of the Royal Palace, it is one of the most visited monuments in the Spanish capital. We will stop at it to discover the treasures that the Almudena Cathedral Museum closes in. Prepared?
The Almudena CathedralInterior of the cathedral - Cathedrals and Churches / Flickr.com
The cathedral is the main temple of the Archdiocese of Madrid. A building over 100 meters long and 73 meters high. Its construction began at the end of the 19th century, but the works did not finish until a century later.A temple with different styles: neo-gothic interior, neo-Romanesque in the crypt and neoclassical outside.
However, the appearance of the Almudena from outside combines with the tones of the Royal Palace, located just in front of the entrance. In 1993 the cathedral was consecrated by Pope John Paul II. Currently, it is the only Spanish cathedral that has been consecrated by a pope.
The Almudena Cathedral Museummuseocatedral.archimadrid.es
This museum aims to preserve and exhibit the heritage assets of the Cabildo de la Catedral. In it you can admire a careful selection of works and objects that show the history of the Church in Madrid and also the cathedral.
The museum is divided into galleries. The firstIt is dedicated to the history of the Diocese and its employers, the Virgen de la Almudena and San Isidro. Later you can also see an image of María de la Almudena, as well as paintings, liturgical objects and clothes from different eras used by priests.
But The entrance to the Almudena Cathedral Museum also includes a visit to the Chapter Hall and the Sacristy, where scenes of the Bible are represented in mosaics of tiles. In the anteroom you can enjoy a painting of the Holy Family of the painter Carreño Miranda. It is from the year 1649 and is one of the most valued in the museum.
You can also climb the dome of the cathedral, a privileged viewpoint to admire fabulous views of the Spanish capital.
Museum hours and ratesDome of the cathedral - João Campos / Flickr.com
The Almudena Cathedral Museum open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.. On Sundays and holidays it is closed, as are special days of worship.
General admission costs 6 euros, but there are reduced prices by groups. In the case of young people between 10 and 16 years old, students up to 30 years old, over 65, disabled, unemployed and large families, admission is 4 euros. For groups with prior reservation, also 4 euros.
In the case of schools, the rate is 2.50 per child. Priests and religious, as well as children under 9, enter free.
How to get to the Almudena Cathedral MuseumCrypt of the cathedral - Antoine 49 / Flickr.com
The cathedral is located on Bailén street, in front of the Royal Palace of Madrid, and it is on the main facade where the box office is located. To get from the Puerta del Sol you just have to follow the main street, which is born in that square and ends next to the cathedral.
By bus, lines 3 and 148 stop a few meters from the temple. If you go by subway, the nearest stop is Opera and nearby, those of Puerta del Sol and Príncipe Pío.
What else to see in the Almudena CathedralAlmudena Cathedral - Nicolás Lope de Barrios / Flickr.com
Of course, you have to visit the inside of the cathedral. Throughout the building you will see models of the different construction projects of the cathedral. Unlike in the museum, you can take pictures, avoiding disturbing people who are praying. On the terraces and the dome there is no limitation. So take advantage!
This is the useful information you need to visit the Almudena Cathedral Museum. We advise you to include it in the list of stops on your travel itinerary. Y in the surroundings, we advise you to visit the Temple of Debod, the Plaza Mayor and, of course, the Royal Palace.