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Basílica de San Francisco El Grande
The Royal Basilica of San Francisco el Grande is a Roman Catholic church in central Madrid, Spain, located in the Barrio (neighborhood) of La Latina. The main façade faces the Plaza of San Francisco, at the intersection of Bailén, the Gran Vía de san Francisco, and the Carrera de san Francisco. It forms part of the convent of Jesús y María of the Franciscan order. The convent was founded in the 13th century at the site of a chapel.
The basilica was designed in a Neoclassic style in the second half of the 18th century, based on a design by Francisco Cabezas, developed by Antonio Pló, and completed by Francesco Sabatini. The church contains paintings by Zurbarán and Francisco Goya. The temple once functioned as the National pantheon, and enshrined the remains of famous artists and politicians.
It has the largest dome in Spain and fourth in Europe, after that of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Pantheon, both in Rome and Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence. It was church, hospital, powder keg, warehouse religious objects, national cemetery and museum while the convent was used as a barracks and military prison. It is from 1962, and from 1980 Basilica national monument. His artistic wealth impresses both painting and sculpture.
Plaza de San Francisco.
Puerta de Toledo Station (line 5)
La Latina Station (line 5)
BUS LINE (Interactive MAP)
3, 17, 18, 23, 31, 35, 36, 41, 50, 60, 65, 148, 749, C1, C2
Museum: Tue-Fri 10.30am-12.30pm / 4.00pm-6.00pm
Sat: 10:30am-12:30pm / 4:00pm-6:00pm (if no religious events taking place).
July and August: Tue-Sun 10:30am-12:30pm / 5:00pm-7:00pm
Groups, pensioners, students and disabled persons: €2
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