San Ginés Church

Madrid, Spain

The church of San Ginés is one of the oldest churches in Madrid. It was one of the churches of the medieval Madrid, of Mozarab origin, from between the 12th and 13th centuries, and its name comes from the fact that it was dedicated to the patron saint of notaries and secretaries, Saint Genesius of Arles (San Ginés de Arlés). it was rebuilt in 1645.

The church is preceded by an atrium enclosed by railings. It has a Latin cross plan, with a nave and two aisles separated by semicircular arches and several side chapels and the altarpieces belong to the Neoclassical-Romantic school. It was, however, totally reconstructed after suffering several fires, so few remnants of the original church, such as the bell-tower, remain. In 1870, the loggia and atrium facing the Calle Arenal were added.

One of the most curious items on display is a stuffed crocodile, which is said to have been brought over from the Americas during the reign of the Catholic Monarchs.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Jenny Alwardt (9 months ago)
Reverent and lively mass. Time stood still and the Holy Spirit is present throughout.Baroque art is breathtaking. A rare find.
Gioconda Vidal (12 months ago)
Beautiful Catholic Church Very peaceful and well maintained structure considering the age of the building. This Church is not even a block away from the very popular "Chocolateria San Gines". Beautiful Holy Place ?
David Mapletoft (2 years ago)
Finally! I find it open! Juanjo - hola ?
Judith Farrero i Fargues (2 years ago)
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Mahmood Razeghian (3 years ago)
This ancient church is located on the calle Arenal and one of the oldest church in the city of Madrid. I heard that it' has been rebuilt around 1650 .
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