Madrid Cathedral, Santa María la Real de La Almudena, is a modern building and is generally viewed with mixed emotions by Madrileños. Some like it, but just as many don’t.
The cathedral was first ‘talked about’ in the late 16th century, but construction didn’t actually begin until 1879. Due to the Civil War, the project was abandoned until 1950 but the cathedral was finally consecrated by Pope John Paul II on June 15th 1993.
It certainly is a fairly modern structure, relatively spartan on the interior when compared to most Catholic religious buildings, and it is easy to see why it is often a subject of debate.
I quite like the stained glass windows, although again, they seem a little less ornate than one might normally expect.
So, an interesting cathedral in some ways, and worth a look, but no ‘wow’ factor or feeling of history when you walk round.