Church of Santa Barbara (Salesas Reales), Madrid

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  • Church Of Santa Barbara ( Salesas Reales ) is yet another beautiful church to be found in this most beautiful of city's. Constructed between 1750 _ 1758 in the Neoclassical style of architecture that ...  more »
  • The church was built together with the adjacent convent of the Royal Salesas around the middle of the 18th, by King Fernando Vi and his wife Barbara de Braganza (who are now buried in this church): the convent no longer exists because since 1870 the palace houses the Supreme Court Spanish, while the church is still in operation. A monumental staircase precedes the majestic facade, equipped with 3 arches and 2 towers on the sides and embellished with lesene, friezes and statues. The interior, in relation to the majesty and width of the facade, appears resized: I would have expected at least 3 aisles, instead of the only aisle present, also quite short. The most interesting part of the church is the transept and the presbytery. On the dx side of the transept stands out the spectacular Baroque mausoleum of Fernando VI (made by Francisco Gutiérrez and Juan de Leon on Sabatini's project), while on the transept there is another memorial (that of the Duke of Tetuan), in some ways even more significant of that of the king, for the fineness of the bas-reliefs and generally of all the sculptural decoration (made of carrara marble by Jer'nimo Suol Pujol). On the same side of the transept, in the aisle, is a flashy baroque/rococo pulpit. The church is full of marbles/diaspri/green and red porphydes. The main altar is certainly impressive, a riot of marbles with 6 green columns with bases and gilded capitals and many statues: the 2 at the bottom ipotate that represent the founding king and queen of the church, but I have no certainty. On the sx side of the presbytery there is an elegant richly elaborate golden lodge that was perhaps used by the royals to attend the S.Messa (the sisters of the convent used instead the grate that is observed in the transept sx). In counter-facade, a baroque organ case, which is devoid of the organ and behind which there is a beautiful figurative stained glass window (stained glass like the sides of the transept).
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  • Nice church near Chueca and Colon.
  • Beautiful building.
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