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Iglesia Catedral Castrense

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La Latina
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Address: Calle Sacramento 11, 28005 Madrid, Spain
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+34 915 47 36 24

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Simple Facade; Ornate Interior

I noticed this relatively small church standing on a nearby parallel street when walking down Calle Mayor. As I was heading to Madrid's cathedral, I was a bit confused when I saw... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tucson, Arizona
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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I noticed this relatively small church standing on a nearby parallel street when walking down Calle Mayor. As I was heading to Madrid's cathedral, I was a bit confused when I saw Cathedral on the granite facade as part of the name and went to investigate. The church had a Renaissance exterior style with square-cornered windows, no towers and a... More 

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laguna, philippines
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Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Saw this church by chance- and it turned out to be a Cathedral! It was nice to visit and the Blessed Sacrament was open. So many saints that I do not know. Just read thru their names. Beautiful churches but no one inside to pray.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 July 2016

We stumbled across this cathedral in a back street when it was closed and went back so that we could have a look inside, it was worth it. Beautiful interior and very peaceful.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 April 2016

The Cathedral Church of the Armed Forces, also known as Archbishop Castrense Church and Church of Sacramento is a Catholic church tucked away on Sacramento Street near the Royal Palace adjacent to the Palace of the Councils. It was designed in the form of a Latin cross in 1615 but wasn't completed until 1744. It is all that remains of... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 2 November 2015

Because it isn’t on the main street, most visitor –including me – only accidentally find on this peaceful street this pretty little church, the Church of Sacramento aka Iglesia Catedral Castrense The interior is very average, and I really can’t explain what it was that attracted me to have a closer look and take photos of this XVII century baroque... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 September 2015

This is a very underrated attraction to the sites of Madrid. After being underwhelmed by the main cathedral, this small church, the military church, is a truly wonderful find, with a feeling of peace about it that inspires you to sit down and reflect for a few minutes. Well worth the detour, and unlike many churches, a haven of peace... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 July 2015

I visited the Iglesia Catedral Castrense with a friend in early July 2015. I'm not religious but I can appreciate when I am in a great church and this really was one, it is such a nice hidden gem, it has some pretty darn impressive decor. I highly recommend just coming in and having a look around, it'll only take... More 

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Reviewed 17 May 2015

It was interesting to learn that this is all that remains of a monastery of nuns. It was damaged in past conflicts but has been beautifully restored. The fine granite façade is impressive. Moving inside the Baroque style is lovely. Viewing along the ornate nave towards the altar is a grand vista. The dome and lantern are gorgeous. Its now... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

We stumbled upon this church by accident, while we were walking towards Almudena. While the church itself was not that amazing, with simple decorations and not that good acoustics, we found the Maltese Cross on its façade fascinating, so we went in. However, none of the other visitors of the church knew anything about it, since it is rarely mentioned... More 

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