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  • Address: Calle Bailén 8-10
  • Hours: Open daily 9am - 8:30pm
  • Admission: Free

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Almudena Cathedral

The Almudena Cathedral is the official Cathedral of Madrid and is dedicated to the Virgin of Almudena. Taking over a century to complete, the Almudena is one of the youngest cathedrals in Europe, consecrated by Pope John II himself in 1993. A statue of the pope stands outside of the cathedral to mark the momentous occasion.

The lengthy construction process was due to the change in status from a church to a cathedral a year after breaking ground, which warranted an upgrade in style from Neo-Gothic to Neo-Classic and required new blueprints. Another event that put construction on hold was the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s, during which building stopped entirely until 1944.

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What the cathedral lacks in historical significance and architectural merit it makes up for in sheer size - it's 104 m long and 76 m wide (340 ft by 250 ft), with a cupola measuring 20 m (65 ft) across. It is also conveniently located adjacent to the Palacio Real - Royal Palace, which is sure to be on everyone's list of must-see attractions.

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Madrid Hop-on Hop-off Tour with Optional Food Tastings

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Discover Madrid’s highlights aboard an open-top double-decker hop-on hop-off bus. Step aboard and watch the passing sights on both the two ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: Varies

From USD $23.86

Madrid Segway Tour

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Zip through the streets of Madrid on a revolutionary Segway! Not only is it easy but, loads of fun as well. You will see the Royal Palace, the Almudena, Templo ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: Varies

From USD $39.77

Madrid GPS-Guided GoCar Tour

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See the best of the Spanish capital on an independent GoCar tour of Madrid! Simple, fun and easy to drive, GoCars are fitted with GPS navigation systems for ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: Varies depending on selected tour grade

From USD $19.89

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