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Stunning church by Retiro Park.

Before heading into Retiro Park we came across this magnificent looking church and what a great... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2018
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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One of a kind

Beautiful church, have a look inside, on the edge of the park ‘El buen Retiro’ and the ‘Barrio... read more

Reviewed 28 November 2017
Oviedo, Spain
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Calle Alcala 83, 28001 Madrid, Spain
Barrio Salamanca
+34 914 35 76 82
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Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

We walked by several times before we noticed it due to a wedding. The church is tucked in unnoticed unless you are walking on the far side of the street.

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Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

Before heading into Retiro Park we came across this magnificent looking church and what a great find. Built between 1902 and 1910 the church looks so beautiful but with its huge domed roof and eye catching bell tower looks very unusual, in fact I would...More

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Reviewed 28 November 2017 via mobile

Beautiful church, have a look inside, on the edge of the park ‘El buen Retiro’ and the ‘Barrio Salamanca’.

1  Thank es-travler
Reviewed 25 November 2017

Iglesia de San Manuel y San Benito is more like a basilica than a church with its more Byzantine aspects. A welcome change from the usual style of Madrid churces. Situated int he upmarket Salamanca area overlooking the Retiro Park.

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Reviewed 1 November 2017

This church has a differing style to it than others as it's pointed features with bell tower and dome make it look rather like a mosque from the outside. Unfortunately I cannot comment on it's interior as it was closed when I visited.

Thank jordanellie41
Reviewed 3 October 2017

The Church of San Manuel and San Benito has very unusual architecture. Its architecture is Neo-Byzantine and it was built between 1902 and 1910 by the architect Fernando Arbos. It is quite beautiful. My wife and I love this church and visited it again in...More

Thank BennyMalaga
Reviewed 2 October 2017

This is a beautiful building! Arab influences, it looks like a mosque. The church was closed, wasn't in my plan, I was on my way to the Retiro Park when I saw it, but it is an amazing structure.Must stop and see it !

1  Thank Aqua_Uomo
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

The church it's in a great location, near retiro! The architecture of the church it's really nice, bizantine style! You must walk in and admire the art work, the decoration of the walls and the dome!

1  Thank madrilena000
Reviewed 31 July 2017

Right beside Parque de El Retiro this church is spectacular with it's cream tower and orange red dome. Looking good and some greenery aswell. It's right next to Retiro tube.

1  Thank tezpil
Reviewed 8 May 2017

I always stay at the Barrio Salamanca when I visit Madrid with my wife. The Church of San Manuel and San Benito is a must see for us because we find it very beautiful and it is very walkable from our hotel. We like to...More

2  Thank BennyMalaga
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Barrio de Salamanca
Broad, tree-lined avenues with pretty streetlights
frame the neighbourhood of Barrio Salamanca. With
beautiful condominium buildings that make up most
blocks in this area, this part of town is refined and
quiet. It is also host to a few of the city's large
shopping avenues, including Calle Serrano and Calle
Jose Ortega y Gasset. A walk down these streets will
reveal upscale chains, small boutiques, and plenty of
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