Neo-Romanesque Architecture of Madrid: Crypt of the Almudena Cathedral

Cripta de la Catedral de la Almudena

The Crypt of the Almudena Cathedral (Spanish: Crypta de la Catedral de la Almudena) is a Roman Catholic church with a Latin cross plan situated under the main cathedral in Madrid, Spain.


Five interesting facts about the crypt:

  • It was built in Neo-Romanesque style in the years of 1883–1911 according to the plans of the Spanish architect Francisco de Cubas (1826–1899).
  • It has 558 columns, each crowned with a different capital with biblical and nature motifs.
  • There are 20 chapels in the crypt illuminated by stained glass windows.
  • It has the same floor dimensions (102 m/334 ft in lenght and 73m/239 ft in width) as the cathedral above.
  • It is considered to be the biggest in all Spain.

Postmodern Architecture of Madrid: Skyscrapers


Almudena Cathedral
Side nave

Crypt of Almudena Cathedral
Stained glasses

Almudena Cathedral crypt chapel
Chapel

Crypt of Almudena Cathedral
Chapel

Crypt of Almudena Cathedral
Chapel

Crypta de la Catedral de la Almudena
Central nave

Crypta de la Catedral de la Almudena
Presbytery

Crypta de la Catedral de la Almudena
Fresco

Santa MarĂ­a la Real de La Almudena
The Almudena Cathedral viewed from south

Have you ever visited the Crypt of the Almudena Cathedral in Madrid? Feel free to post a comment below.


Location map: Crypt of the Almudena Cathedral
Timetables and tickets: Esmadrid.com
Madrid accommodation: Booking.com


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