East face of cathedral North face of cathedral
Photos: April 23, 2000

Formally known by the name "Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Almudena," this cathedral built in 1885 suffered extensive bomb-damage in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) and was reconstructed to harmonize with the Royal Palace.

The right-hand photo shows the north side of the cathedral which faces toward the Royal Palace. The left-hand photo is of the cathedral's east side on Bailén Street. If you walk west on the intersecting street (traffic lights on the left edge of photo) a short distance and then south about one block you will see the remaining Moorish wall (36K) that protected the southern exposure of the Moorish town of Mayrit whose pronunciation changed over the years to Madrid.

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