I love visiting cathedrals and churches in other countries! This one was in Madrid, and they didn’t charge an entrance fee so I was able to go in and enjoy its beauty. I always wonder how many people and hours went into each one and how much dedication and love went into each building. They truly are works of art and passion. I think even if you’re not religious, it’s possible to admire their beauty. This cathedral actually has a north south orientation instead of east and west like most cathedrals. This was to compliment the palace next door.
It wasn’t until 1879 that the capital of Spain finally started planning construction of its cathedral. The first stone was laid in 1883 and construction really got underway in 1885. Progress was initially slow due to insufficient funding and the death of the original architect. The church was one of the first in Spain to include a large Romanesque crypt, which did open in 1911, but then during the Spanish Civil War, construction was stopped entirely, and only re-started in 1950 (with a new architect yet again). The cloister area was finally completed in 1955 and the facade in 1960, but the project wasn’t considered finished until 1993 when the cathedral was finally consecrated by Pope John Paul II. The interior of the cathedral is considered to be Neo-Gothic and features many chapels as well as a museum.
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