-When the capital of Spain was transferred from Toledo to Madrid in 1561, the seat of the Church in Spain remained in Toledo; so the new capital – unusually for a Catholic country – had no cathedral.
-Almudena Cathedral was completed in 1993 and consecrated in person by Pope John Paul II that same year. A statue of the pope in front of the cathedral commemorates the momentous occasion.
Amazing Views of the Cathedral
Inside the Cathedral
-The bright Neo-Gothic interior is uniquely modern, with chapels and statues of contemporary artists, in heterogeneous styles, from historical revivals to "pop-art" decor. -It is modest compared to most Spanish cathedrals.
-The Neo-Romanesque crypt houses a 16th century image of the Virgen de la Almudena.