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Iglesia San Gines

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Address: Calle Arenal, 13 | Puerta del Sol, Madrid, Spain
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We were on a self guided walking tour and had marked this place due to mention of one of the oldest place of worship. You should not just visit the place when a mass has started... read more

Reviewed 25 March 2017
South Barrington, Illinois
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South Barrington, Illinois
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Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

We were on a self guided walking tour and had marked this place due to mention of one of the oldest place of worship. You should not just visit the place when a mass has started. You can walk around but be respectful. A good quick visit.

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Leander, Texas
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Reviewed 29 September 2016

We were fortunate to be staying just 2 minutes walking to this wonderful old church. Being Catholic and it being Sunday morning when we arrived what better way to start our tour of Spain than mass at this church. I love these old churches with all the artwork and high ceilings. Unfortunately we were not there when they opened the... More 

Thank wacotom
Malaga, Spain
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Reviewed 24 September 2016

When I go to downtown Madrid and walk along Calle Arenal, I always make it a point to visit the San Gines Church because it has plenty of good religious art. All of the paintings have been restored, so they have brilliant colors. Many were made by very good painters.

Thank BennyMalaga
Tampa, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2016

You don't need to be a believer to visit this church. Anyone that enjoys art and architecture should visit this church. Next to the Chocolateria San Gines, you should not nave any excuse not to visit this church.

Thank Alex F
New york
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2016

nice architecture to see the altar is very regal, I love the old feel of the church very well preserve , i love the ally next to the church were the have several book stands and it takes you to the san gines churreria

Thank Manvec
Malaga, Spain
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Reviewed 27 April 2016

When my wife and I walked on Calle Arenal, we stopped at this church and took a look again, since we visit it about every 6 months. The church is full of good art, all of the paintings having been restored. The only complaint I have is that they do not allow any photography at all.

Thank BennyMalaga
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Reviewed 2 October 2015 via mobile

It is in your road, if you are at the Sol plaza and you go to the palace. You haven't got nothing to lose if you visit this old church!

Thank stayrosabramidis18
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 29 July 2015

Convenient location if you are looking for a Roman Catholic church to attend mass. Mass times on Sunday are 10am, 11am, 12noon, 1pm and 8pm. Saturday mass is at 8:30pm.

2 Thank Lennoxzenon
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Reviewed 26 July 2015 via mobile

Hours have changed (the Madrid Tourism website is inaccurate): Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 18-19:00 Saturdays: 10-11, 11:30-12

1 Thank globetrottingshrimp
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2015

A lovely little church filled with statues of saints and adjacent to Chocolateria San Gines established in 1894 famous for chocolate con churros. Spanish chocolate is thick and rich, the churros are fried dough. you dip the churros into the thick chocolate and enjoy.

2 Thank Tony V

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Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
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