San Antonio de los Alemanes  Madrid

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During the reign of King Phillip III at the beginning of the 17th Century, the spectacular Iglesia de San Antonio de los Alemanes was built. At the time, this small church and its adjoining hospital were given to Portuguese pilgrims and patients and given the name San Antonio de los Portugueses.

In 1640, Portugal gained independence from Spain and the church closed its doors to the Portuguese people. This beautiful place lay empty until 1689 when Queen Mariana of Austria handed it to the German Catholics who came to Madrid, thus giving it the name that we know today.

Dedicated to St. Anthony of Padua, this elliptical Baroque church is unique in that it is completely frescoed from top to bottom. Several architects were part of the construction, while Francisco Ricci and court painter, Luca Giordano were responsible for the gorgeous interior. The images on the dome and walls reflect the life of St. Anthony and tell different stories from his life. Of course, because of their commissions, there are also medallions of Spanish kings and queens that can be seen around the church.

Since 1615, San Antonio de los Alemanes has been the home of La Hermandad del Refugio, an association that helps those in need through meals and donations. Why not help them out by booking a guided tour or attending a classical music concert? While Spain has plenty of stunning churches, San Antonio de los Alemanes is probably one of the most breathtaking, and a visit here is a must. 

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Calle de la Puebla, 22, Madrid

Telephone number


Opening Times

Mon - Sat 10:30 - 14:00


Entry : € 2.50


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