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Iglesia de San Manuel y San Benito – Nice church

I like this church so much because it’s not the typical Catholic one. This neo-byzantine temple reminds me very much of Istanbul. I know, it’s not the big Hagia Sophia. But this cozy church, built between 1902 and 1910, looks like a little mosque inside with the blue within its pointed arches.

The Neo-byzantine style comes from the Byzantine empire (5-6th century) and it is known for its arches and domes. San Manuel y San Benito has one tower very recognizable and a garnet dome resting on big marble white walls. The Byzantine architecture in the West gave way to Romanesque and Gothic architecture.

The Iglesia de San Manuel y San Benito is located in front of the Retiro park in Alcalá street. The tombs of the founders are located on both sides of the altar: D. Manuel Cavigioli on the left and Maurici Benita on the right. She raised this temple as a pantheon for her late husband.

This church belongs to the Augustinians. It has services during the day but you can visit quietly in between them. It is preferable to do it this way to not disturb the congregation.

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Alcalá 83, Madrid

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Opening Times

24 hours daily | Services Mon - Fri 07:30, 08:30, 12:30 & 20:00, Sat 08:30, 12:30, 17:00 & 20:00




Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)