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La Catedral de Santa María la Real de la Almudena

The principle church of the Diocese of Madrid, the Catedral de Santa María la Real de la Almudena, is a relatively modern building, started in 1883 and not completed until 1993. Remarkable as it may seem, the delay until such recent times in the building of a cathedral in the capital can largely be attributed to the fact that Madrid was part of the Archdiocese of
Toledo, which was reluctant to relinquish it.

Plans for the building were, however, progressed when Pope Leo XIII separated the capital from Toledo in the creation of the Diocese of Madrid-Alcalá. Until the current building was completed, the Cathedral was temporarily housed in the
Jesuit College church of San Isidro. Alumeda was finally consecrated in 1993 by Pope John Paul II, and remains the only Spanish cathedral to have been consecrated by a Pope.

The cathedral is consecrated to Santa Maria de la Almudena, a name which has Arabic origins: al mudayna, means “the castle”. Legend has it that in the 8th century, when the Moors invaded the fortress where Madrid now stands, the people hid an image of the Virgin in the city walls, and only when the city was reconquered in the 15th century did a wall crumble to reveal her presence once again. Some versions suggest that the legendary el Cid found the image in the wall, and the Virgen helped him to retake the city.

The building is a mixture of styles with a neoclassical exterior, a gothic revival interior, and a neo-romanesque crypt. It is constructed of granite and marble, with a large neoclassical cupola and two towers at the main entrance. The Catedral de Santa María la Real de la Almudena sits next to the Palacio Real, separated from it by a spacious square, the Plaza de la Armería.

Unusually for a church, it is not oriented east and west, but has its orientation north and south, as it was originally conceived as an integral part of the Royal Palace complex. A second entrance, in the Calle Bailén, has impressive bronze doors by the sculptor Sanguino, depicting the discovery of the image of the Virgin.

The nearest Metro station is Opera, and the Cathedral is open to the public from 10am to 7.30pm, though it is closed to visitors during Mass. On Sundays, it is open from 10. 30 to 12 midday, and in the afternoon from 1.30pm to 7pm.

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Cathedral of Santa Maria de Toledo. Site description

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According to legend, the first Cathedral of Toledo was built on the site of the miraculous appearance of the Virgin Mary to Saint Ildefons, where the oldest church of the first Archbishop Eugene was located. Before the Christian buildings, there were the Cathedral Mosque and the Visigothic church of Sanata Maria del Real.

Construction of the future Cathedral of Santa Maria de Toledo dates back to 1227. Documents preserved evidence that the work was carried out by decree of King Fernando III and according to the project of the architect Martiner. For decades, craftsmen such as Rodrigo Alfonso, Alvar Martinez and Pedro de Alala have been invited to supervise the construction work.

The temple is built of gray granite quarried in the province of Toledo. Initially, the plan of the cathedral assumed a classic Gothic trenef cathedral, but later, it acquired the features of the Spanish and Moorish styles.

Pilgrims and tourists can admire the size of the cathedral and its majestic naves. The interior decoration is no less monumental: the vaults of the temple rest on massive colonnades, and 750 curved windows create an amazing atmosphere of the Divine.

The main façade has three portals: the Portal of Forgiveness, the Gate of Doomsday and the Portal of Hell. On the left side of the temple there is a bell tower, and on the right side there is a Mozarab chapel. The main attraction is the Chapel of St. Ildefons, where there is not only the burial place of the Archbishop of Albornoz, but also a very ancient and revered statue of the Virgin Mary. The beautiful Madonna, dressed in a luxurious dress, sits on a silver throne.

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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence): architecture, photo

This is the second largest cathedral in Italy, its length is 153 meters and its width is 90 meters. The total height of the temple with the cross is 114 meters.

Creation of the cathedral

Santa Maria del Fiore literally translates from Italian as “St. Mary’s Cathedral in Flowers”. Its construction was conceived at the end of the 13th century (1296 years) on the site of the old Cathedral of Santa Reparata, which had survived at that time for 9 centuries and began to collapse. In addition, it was planned to expand the area of ​​\u200b\u200bthe temple so that all the townspeople could fit in (at the time of construction – 90,000 people).

Architect Arnolfo di Cambio was invited to carry out the reconstruction. In his project, he applied elements of Gothic and Norman architecture. After the death of the author, the work was suspended for 20 years, resuming only in 1330. The change of several subsequent architects, some difficulties with different elements of the building slowed down the progress of construction, which was completed in 1436 as a result.

Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence can accommodate 30,000 people. In 1436 it was the largest church in Europe. The church is made in the style of Renaissance architecture.

Santa Maria del Fiore © Aliaksandr Antanovich / Shutterstock

Brunelleschi’s Dome

Florence’s Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore features a unique octagonal dome designed by architect Filippo Brunelleschi. It took 15 years (1420-1434) to create it. The red dome has become a kind of symbol of Florence, because it can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. The height of the dome from the inside is 90 meters, and its diameter is 42 meters.

Brunelleschi’s Dome © Catarina Belova / Shutterstock

Emilio de Fabrice’s façade

The original façade of Santa Maria del Fiore collapsed in 1587, from which time there were countdowns and competitions to find who could complete what Arnolfo had begun di Cambio. And in 1871, the project of the architect Emilio de Fabris was approved, who completed the construction in 1887. Its facade is made using the same type of marble, but in different shades: white, green and pink, which strikes with its amazing beauty when it shimmers in the sun. The facade is complemented by a bell tower with various niches filled with statues and medallions with biblical scenes.

Facade of Emilio de Fabrice © kozer / Shutterstock

Inside the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

The size of the building is impressive. The pylons, which are decorated with pilasters, support the crisscrossing lancet vaults of the naves and huge arches, and above there is a gallery resting on consoles. Going into the depths of the temple, you can see the main altar – the work of Baccio Bandinelli. It is surrounded by three apses, or pulpits, which are divided into 5 compartments. Under the feet of visitors there is a floor of colored marble. It was laid out by the architects Baccio and Francesco da Sangallo, Giuliano d’Agnolo and other masters.

When you enter the cathedral, your eyes widen – there is so much divine here: scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary, painted above the portals in tympanums, the Madonna in Glory on the pediment of the central portal, the statues of the Apostles and the Virgin Mary on the frieze that connects the side and central windows -sockets. The composition is completed by a tympanum with a bas-relief, which bears the image of the Heavenly Father, which is located above a series of busts of artists.

Exploring this amazing landmark of Florence, one cannot fail to notice in the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore two frescoes that were painted back in the 15th century, one by Paolo Uccello, and the other by Andrea del Castagno. They depict equestrian statues of the condottieri Niccolo da Tolentino and Giovanni Acuto.

Another representative of the city’s religious architecture is the Baptistery of San Giovanni, which is the oldest building in Florence.

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