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The seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Madrid, Santa Maria la Real de La Almudena is a Catholic Cathedral located in Madrid. It was consecrated in 1993 by Pope John Paul II. It seems that the cathedral had been built on a medieval mosque site that was destroyed when Alfonso VI conquered Madrid.
The construction of this cathedral started in 1883, and it continued till 1993 and it is now the principle church in the Diocese of Madrid. King Felipe II wanted a cathedral for the new capital when it was transferred from Toledo to Madrid. The site on which the cathedral is built was originally the site of the first mosque of Madrid. The cathedral was designed by Francisco de Cubas in a gothic revival style. The interior of the cathedral is bright and is designed in the Neo Gothic style which is modern, with a touch of contemporary art. The major attractions here include Neo-Romanesque Crypt and a museum which explains the history of the church and the archdiocese of Madrid.
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