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Cathedral of Saint Mary the Royal of La Almudena
Catedral de Santa María La Real de La Almudena
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The Almudena Cathedral viewed from north
Affiliation Roman Catholic Church
Province Archdiocese of Madrid
Rite Roman
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Active
Patron Virgin of Almudena
Year consecrated 15 June 1993
Status Cathedral
Location Madrid, Spain
Architect(s) Marquis of Cubas
Fernando Chueca
Architectural type Church
Architectural style Neoclassical, Neo-Gothic, Neo-Romanesque
Groundbreaking April 4, 1883
Completed June 15, 1993
Length 102 m
Width (nave) 12.5 m
Materials Granite of Colmenar Viejo and marble from Novelda
Website of the Cathedral
Catedral de la Almudena 2007
The Catedral de la Almudena

The Almudena Cathedral (Spanish: Catedral de la Almudena) is a Catholic cathedral in Madrid, Spain. It is one of the newest landmarks in Madrid. It is on a hilltop, next to the Royal Palace.

It was designed as long ago as 1879, but then the plans were changed to make it look like a 13th-century cathedral like the one in Rheims. Building started in 1882, but during the Spanish Civil War no more work was done do it, and the building was not finished until the 1980s. The architects who finished it, Fernando Chueca Goitia and Carlos Sidro, made some of the building look neo classical style. It was consecrated in 1993 by Pope John Paul II.

From the front of the cathedral, visitors can see parts of the old city wall which was built in the 9th century.

In May 2004 Prince Felipe, the heir to the throne, married Doña Letitia Ortiz Rocasolano in the cathedral. She was a newsreader on Spanish television.

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