Basilica de San Miguel
Basilica de San Miguel
4.5
The area
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Neighbourhood: Centro
Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street 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 desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
How to get there
  • La Latina • 5 min walk
  • Ópera • 6 min walk
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Quill2005
Ocala, FL268 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Another beautiful church in the heart of Madrid, not far from the Plaza Mayor. Built in the early 1700s, this church has a convex façade which is rare for Spain. Opulently decorated inside, this is one of Madrid’s most impressive churches, a fine example of Spanish Baroque. The famous Classical composer Luigi Bocherini was buried here until 1927 when his remains were repatriated to his native Italy. Bear in mind siesta hours when visiting: Mon-Sat 9:45am-1pm/6pm-9:15pm, slightly different in summer, and Sundays and holidays.
Written 5 April 2024
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK6,19,734 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
My twin brother Stephen and I were exploring around this area of the city when we passed Basilica De San Miguel, viewed this church many times on previous holidays to Madrid and it still impresses me.
Basilica De San Miguel ( St Michaels Church ) was constructed between 1739-1745 from designs from architect Santiago Bonavia ,a beautiful piece of architecture, the facade is superb ,on this visit I never ventured inside the church but I have on previous visits,its lovely but on this occasion I was content with taking some photos of the exterior before moving on, its a church easy to locate along Calle San Justo and well worth checking out if you're in the area.
Written 1 October 2023
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Michael K
London, UK547 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Built between 1739 and 1746 this is a rare example of Bourbon Baroque in Madrid. The interior is quite lavish. The ceiling frescoes are 18th century but there are also some modern printings and stained glass windows. It's of interest because of its links with Opus Dei, the fairly controversial RC organisation founded by the Spanish priest, Monsignor Escriva de Balaguer, and there is a lifelike statue of him in one of the chapels.
Written 26 May 2023
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Rodders27
Cheadle, UK463 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
This is a beautiful church, it’s easy to walk past this little church but well worth popping inside to have a look. It’s not alway open but if it is it’s a real treat.
Written 20 November 2022
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Malgorzata
12,113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This beautiful basilica, built in the mid-18th century is located in the heart of Madrid and is one of the most representative architectural structures of the Spanish Baroque. Its original convex façade shape and unique floor make it one of the most important elements of the Spanish Baroque. Construction began in 1739 on the remains of a fire that devastated the former church of San Justo y Pastor, one of the oldest existing in the capital. It has a fantastic vault decorated with frescoes by Bartolomeo Rusca. A very beautiful temple.
Written 13 January 2022
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MDOGP
Dallas, TX1,131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Solo
This is one of the most beautiful churches in Madrid. It is located in the Austrian historic district. The outside is nice, but the inside is magnificent! It has many frescoes, paintings and elaborated stained glass windows. The dome and the tabernacle is also very solemn.
Written 8 September 2020
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doppelganger_et
Thessaloniki, Greece925 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It truly reminded me of a beacon on the outside, but it was more lovely on the inside! If you have already visited the Reina Sofia Museum, to admire the sculpture of Luis Salvador Carmona, "The Faith", then make a stop here, to add another piece of his to your memories. It's "Cristo de la Fe y del Perdón" and you will see it either as the center piece or in one of the alters.
Written 27 January 2020
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Benjamin R
Rexburg, ID656 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
We went into thee church in the evening during a baptismal service. It was veery reverent, and peaceful.
Written 18 November 2019
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Richard B
Philadelphia, PA2,229 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Lots of beauty within. Very intricate as you would expect from the artisans from the past. Peaceful and interesting.
Written 27 October 2019
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia45,617 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Basilica de San Miguel is a lovely baroque church. It is quite nice inside. It wa built some time in the 18th century. Worth checking out if you are passing by.
Written 29 June 2019
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