Basílica de San Francisco el Grande

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Located in the Barrio La Latina, this majestic basilica was designed in neoclassic style by Francisco Cabezas and was later developed by Antonio Pló, to be completed by Francesco Sabatini. The dome is 58 meters in height and with a diameter of 33 meters, it’s the third largest of Christendom.

The church displays paintings by Zurbarán and Goya and was once the National Pantheon, making it the resting place of famous Spanish artists and politicians. The circular nave is surrounded by chapels guarded by marble status of the 12 apostles. It is in the Capilla de San Bernard, however, that displays the Basilica’s most impressive attraction: a central fresco painted by Goya.

In a series of corridors behind the high altar there’s also fine works of art from the 17th and 19th centuries. The church also houses the only peal of change ringing bells in Southern Europe, weighing around 430 kg.

Contacts & Details

Calle San Buenaventura, 1 28005 Madrid

Tuesday:

10:30 – 12:30

16:00 – 18:00

Wednesday:

10:30 – 12:30

16:00 – 18:00

Thursday:

10:30 – 12:30

16:00 – 18:00

Saturday:

10:30 – 12:30

16:00 – 18:00