Wednesday 20 August 2014 -
San Antonio de los Alemanes Church
A national monument.
Dedicated to St Anthony of Padua, this church was founded in 1606 by Phillip III, who wanted to provide a church and hospital to the Portuguese population of Madrid. It was known as the church of St Anthony of the Portuguese (San Antonio de los Portugueses). Following Portugal’s independence, the regent Mary-Ann of Austria ceded it to the German Catholics who accompanied Mary-Ann of Newburg, come to marry Charles II. Thus from 1689 on, it took on the name of San Antonio de los Alemanes. One of the most beautiful churches in the city, mostly for its interior which features frescoes depicting the life of St Anthony of Padua. These were painted by Vicente Carducho and Eugenio Cajés. You will also see sculptures by Manuel Pereira. The church was declared a National Monument in 1972.
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