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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled into a guided tour at this amazing church, which has the third largest church dome in the world (after St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s), and features an amazing number of beautiful frescos, paintings, mosaics and statues, including one fresco by Goya. The tour...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I like going to various churches, temples, mosque’s etc. and Basilica de San Francisco el Grande is well worth a visit. It´s enormous, dark and very few people in there when I visited and most of the few visitors were not tourists. Big beautiful paintings.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ulrikljungberg
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having seen hundreds of churches and basilica’s, this is one worth seeing, it was also worthy of going up to the dome to take a view of the city.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank BPNR2002
Reviewed 9 January 2019

i want to come back to this place again but some of m business i do not have much time to visit this place again. its a nice place

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Frank_LDA
Reviewed 7 January 2019 via mobile

Basilica has been very well maintained/ restored. I understand it has the largest dome in Spain. Some lively art work and artefacts inside.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Kingpaul100
Reviewed 5 January 2019

Magnificent and well coming church. Be quick to visit it, before the Spanish put a ticket for the entrance.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 28 December 2018

I don't like paying for visiting churches - I find it counter-intuitive. I made and exception with Real Basilica and don't regret it. Its amazing work of art, and if you are lucky, you can join a free tour organised by the church (lovely guide!).

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank DominiLdn
Reviewed 12 December 2018

The church is wonderful. There are paintings by Goya. The capitol is one of the largest in Europe. It is hidden away from the main attractions of Madrid. Worth a visit.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank josephine545
Reviewed 12 December 2018

While the word "awesome" is definitely overused (and often incorrectly!) by Americans, a visit to San Francisco el Grande can only be described as such. From the moment you enter this basilica you are in complete and utter awe at its beauty. After undergoing extensive...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 9 December 2018

We enjoyed our quiet time in this cathedral. We prayed, observed and wandered around with the rest of the polite crowd. There is a history board that goes back 2,000 or so years which was very educational.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank BeachRunner5
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performers, colorful lights, window shopping,
restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and
churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a
collection of plazas interconnected by a network of
side streets. Some of these side streets are wide
pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so
it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as
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19 February 2018|
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Response from R0xy1 | Reviewed this property |
Hello. I paid 5 euros but that was because I arrived at the time of a guided tour. I did read that it is normally 2 euros to enter without the guide.
17 October 2017|
Response from adele-fitchett | Reviewed this property |
The opening hours are Tuesday to Friday: 11:00 to 12:30 and 16:00 to 18:30. Saturday: 11:00 to 13:30.
17 October 2017|
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Response from Oded T | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I really don't remember because it was open when we came. in their website it informed as: Tuesday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from... More