The Cathedral de la Almudena
is newer than most cities Cathedrals. After waiting years to receive permission from the religious capital, Toledo, construction began in 1883 and was not completed until 1993, one hundred years later. It changed architect three times, which explains the different architectural styles. The legend behind the name of this Cathedral is an interesting one. It begins with the original statue of the Virgin Mary, which was brought directly from the Holy Land in 38AD. It was hidden from the Moors and knowledge of its hiding place was passed down through generations until the arrival of King Alfonso the sixth. He expelled the Moors and demanded to see the hidden statue. So much time had passed that everyone had forgotten where it was hidden. The king marched through Madrid destroying the wall in revenge, suddenly a wall crumbled away before his eyes to reveal the statue. In Arabic almudayna means in the wall, thus explaining the name of the Cathedral which was built in this location to commemorate the discovery of the missing statue.
The nearest Metro station is Opera. The Cathedral dome has a fantastic view of the city and hotels nearby can rest your tired feet and provide great comfort as you enjoy the capital city, such as Petit Palace Mayor
, Petit Palace Posada del Peine
and Francisco I