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http://www.catedraldelaalmudena.es/ +34.915.422.200 Calle BailÚn, 10 Madrid 28013
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Almudena Cathedral

The Almudena Cathedral is a Madrid landmark, which took more than 100 years to complete. Shortly after King Philips II declared Madrid the capital of Spain in 1561, he decided that the city needed a grand cathedral. With much opposition and political turmoil, the project was postponed again and again until finally in 1868, the archdiocese in Toledo granted permission to construct a new cathedral dedicated to the female patron saint of Madrid, Virgin Almudena. The cathedral was officially declared complete in 1993.

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