Basílica de San Francisco el Grande

La Latina Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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In 1760 Carlos III built this basilica on the site of a Franciscan convent, allegedly founded by St. Francis of Assisi in 1217. The dome, 108... READ MORE

In 1760 Carlos III built this basilica on the site of a Franciscan convent, allegedly founded by St. Francis of Assisi in 1217. The dome, 108 feet in diameter, is the largest in Spain, even larger than that of St. Paul's in London. The seven main doors, of American walnut, were carved by Casa Juan Guas. Three chapels adjoin the circular church, the most famous being that of San Bernardino de Siena, which contains a Goya masterpiece depicting a preaching San Bernardino. The figure standing on the right, not looking up, is a self-portrait of Goya. The 16th-century Gothic choir stalls came from La Cartuja del Paular, in rural Segovia Province.

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Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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Pl. de San Francisco
Madrid, Madrid  28005, Spain

91-365-3800

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Rate Includes: €3 guided tour (in Spanish), Closed Mon. and some Sat.

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