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Basílica de San Francisco el Grande

Attractions

This huge, multi-tiered church between Puerta de Toledo and the Palacio Real is difficult to miss. A monastery on the site, reputedly founded by Saint...

Plaza de San Francisco
Free

Catedral de la Almudena

Attractions

This is not Spain's most impressive cathedral, and it's something of a miracle that it exists at all. For centuries, Church and State could not agree on...

C/Bailén 10
Major venue

Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida

Attractions

This plain neo-classical chapel was completed by Felipe Fontana for Charles IV in 1798. Quite out of the way, north of Príncipe Pío station on the Paseo de...

Glorieta de San Antonio de la Florida 5
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Iglesia-Catedral de San Isidro (La Colegiata)

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Still popularly known as La Colegiata, this massive church, built in 1622-33 once formed part of an important Jesuit college attended by many of the Golden...

C/Toledo 37

Real Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales

Critics' choice
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The convent of the Descalzas Reales ('Royal Barefoot Nuns') is the most complete 16th-century building in Madrid and still houses a cloistered community. It...

Plaza de las Descalzas 3
Major venue

San Andrés, Capilla del Obispo & Capilla de San Isidro

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The large church of San Andrés dates from the 16th century, but was badly damaged in the Civil War in 1936 and later rebuilt in a relatively simple style....

Plaza de San Andrés 1
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San Jerónimo el Real

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Founded in 1464 and rebuilt for Queen Isabella in 1503, this church near the Retiro was particularly favoured by the Spanish monarchs, and used for state...

C/Moreto 4
Free

San Nicolás de los Servitas

Attractions

The oldest surviving church in Madrid stands just a few minutes from Plaza de Oriente. Its 12th-century tower is one of two Mudéjar towers (see also San...

Plaza San Nicolás

San Pedro el Viejo

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This impressive Mudéjar brick tower dates from the 14th century, although the rest of the church dates from much later, having been rebuilt in the 17th century.

Costanilla de San Pedro
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