Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen y San Luis, Madrid

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Just minutes away from Puerta del Sol, the 17th-century Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen y San Luis is the only surviving part of the Carmelite convent that once stood here. The building in the center of Madrid combines architectural simplicity with extravagant Baroque frescoes, statues, and ornaments. While the exterior is quite unassuming, on the inside you can admire the works of some of Spain's most celebrated Baroque painters, such as Juan Sanchez Barba and Antonio de Pereda. To visit Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen y San Luis on your trip to Madrid, use our Madrid trip planner .
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  • This 17th-century church, whose facade is on Calle de La Salud, but accessed from the side entrance on calle del Carmen (we are really 2 steps from Puerta del Sol), is not very close to Puerta del Sol, except perhaps for the 2 external portals. Once inside you are in a fairly dark environment, consisting of a long aisle with side chapels protected by grates, a transept just mentioned and raised presbytery. At the bottom of the aisle is a classic altar. If one were to limit oneself to a superficial view one would be disappointed, instead the church should be seen calmly and carefully. You can see the 2 17th-century marble pulpits that are located on either side of the aisle just before the transept, or the painting of the SS. Trinity in the bezel above the main altar (the work of the Spanish painter Antonio De Pereda) or the classically styled, but always seventeenth-century organ, which is located at the top of the aisle, near the counter-face, or the balconies that run high on the 2 sides of the aisle . But it is the chapels, part in the classic style, and part in the Baroque style, that reserve the biggest surprises: some are ordinary, but others are very scenic. In particular, don't miss the chapel with the Christ of Faith, the chapel of the Virgin of Pilar and above all the chapel of the Royal and Illustrious Congregation of the Holy Sacrament and Holy Burial in which, among other things, you will find the beautiful statue of Christ Lying. Too bad I can not post photos of the interior, because it is forbidden to do them (prohibition that I find absurd, but in which I came across several times here in Madrid).
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  • Beautiful church of the seventeenth century, located on Calle del Carmen, between Puerta del Sol and Callao, is what remains of the primitive Carmelite Convent destroyed by the anarchists in the civil war, and is a beautiful Church, Baroque, and inside are the beautiful images it is of the Christ Yacente and Our Lady of Carmen; It is a recommended visit, especially for Catholics
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  • I have never been more impressed by a parish church before. The man overseeing the opening (I don’t know if was the priest or another member) showed such compassion to the beggar and his dog who occupied the front steps during our stay at an apartment across the street. And, the family alters were stunning. This parish church was not listed in any of our tourist materials, but it is well worth visiting.
  • There are many other nicer churches to visit or sit quietly or worship at. Mass was starting in 15 minutes we were asked to leave. Yes we had cameras but sitting at the very back not bothering the 8 people for mass. Arrogant catholic church at its finest. Go elsewhere you will be welcomed
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