It´s a mix of different styles thanks to the contributions of each of the architects that managed the project who provided their personal styles. The imprint of each architect gives the cathedral a final result of a mixture of Neoclassic, Neogothic and Neoromanesque styles. Its origin came from the increasing importance of Madrid as a thriving city that demanded a larger church according to its new status. Pope León XIII demanded its construction in 1567. Firstly the former church was extended, but later it was demolished to build the new cathedral on top of former church of Santa María de la Almudena by King Alfonso XII in 1883.

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Cathedral time table

Open from 09:00 to 20:30, except July and August from 10:00 to 21:00.

Mass every day at 12:00 and 20:00h.