Madrid Cathedral, Spain

Madrid became Spain’s capital in 1561. Incredibly it took until 1879 for construction work to begin on its cathedral. Plans were drawn up by the Marquis of Cubas in Gothic revival style, and work progressed slowly.

The Spanish Civil War interrupted the work and the project was abandoned until 1950 when Fernando Chueca Goitia was brought in to finish the job using Cubas’ plans. The Cathedral was finally completed and dedicated to Santa Maria la Real de la Almudena in 1992 when Pope John Paul II consecrated it.

It seems astonishing that it took so long for Madrid to have a working Cathedral!

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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