Across the Plaza de la Armería at the Royal Palace is the Catedral de la Almudena. Sorting out the translation, this cathedral is dedicated to Santa María, the Virgen of Almudena. From what I could figure out, Almudena is from an Arabic term, al mudayna or the citadel.
The façade with the bell towers.
The cupola is towards the back of the building. Let’s go up there!
Phew! I counted 86 steps! What a view of Madrid! One thing I noted in Spain is that there are a lot of weather vanes.
Up here, you get to hang out with the Saints.
You are able to walk around the cupola and see view in all directions. Here are the bell towers with the Royal Palace.
Saint Michael slays the demon as the queue to enter the Royal Palace forms around the block. Fortunately, Becky and I went to the palace earlier in the morning and we got in within 10 minutes.
We were in the Plaza de la Armería when the bells started ringing. Thank goodness we were not up there! The crackling in the video is actually the bells overloading the camera’s microphone!
Certain parts of the complex is a museum that does not allow photographs. However in the Cathedral, you can take photos. On the left is the organ and the main entrance. The opposing view on the right is the alter and the cupola. It doesn’t look like a hike up there in this photo, but look at the two people entering the cathedral below and that will give you some scale.