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Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande

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Address: Calle San Buenaventura 1 | San Buenaventura, 1, 28005 Madrid, Spain
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OH MY HEAVENS

Without question, one of the most fabulous places of worship in the world. The concierge actually apologized for the fact that it doesn't look nicer from the outside. Trust me... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Racine, WI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Without question, one of the most fabulous places of worship in the world. The concierge actually apologized for the fact that it doesn't look nicer from the outside. Trust me, the inside more than makes up for it. Photography allowed (no flash or tripods). The pittance of 3 euros even includes a guided tour by a very knowledgeable docent. Spectacular... More 

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ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While visiting several Cathedrals in Spain - this was the newest - but it was one of the most STUNNING. The paintings inside have vibrant color. A small donation is requested, and regular mass times are posted.

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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Traditional church with beautiful stain glass windows that we alternative in terms of design. A lot of the figures on the stained glass were in an abstract art but the saints were easily identifiable as they had assigned prayer areas. Donations of 1 euro is requested for the maintenance of the Church.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth our walk! For 3 euros (reductions can also apply) we paid to see the 'museum' which was shown during a guided tour of the church, in Spanish! Even if you can't speak it, go with the guide. The guide takes you round each side chapel turning on the lights which is better to view them. Quite fabulous! The'museum'... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The church is a great place with awesome interiors. Very peaceful place. We had a rejuvenating experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

The inside of the church is breathtaking - the dome is magnificent. Fantastic value at €3/adult. We bought tickets from Michael who was super helpful and friendly. We loved it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

Most of the visitors go to Cathedral which is at the end of Calle Mayor right next to Royal Palace. But in comparison to Cathedral this Basilica is 100% more interesting. It has one of the biggest cupola and the whole interior is painted with many symbolic themes also by famous artists such as Goya and Zurbarán. Try to get... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

A Basilica worth visiting. We found a very friendly and knowledgeable guide in the Basilica. Go round the different chapels to enjoy the paintings. Make sure you visit the sacristy. It is certainly worth going round quietly by yourself after you do the tour. Some paintings here also belong to the Prado.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

If you have to choose between this and the cathedral, hands down this is the winner. Stunning dome, statues, and paintings. No tours on Sundays so you won't see the 52 paintings. Take the tour to see the paintings. This basilica is intended by the builders to display the greatness of God, and it's done a good job of it.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Attended Mid-Night Christmas Eve mass. Doesn't get the queues of the National Cathedral to the north as it is in Old town La Latina south of the main tourist attractions like the National Cathedral 1 mile away. Important to Spain as contains Goya artworks and neoclassical architecture dates several centuries old so a cardinal presided the service. Not open all... More 

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