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Just outside the side visitor entrance of Catedral de Santa Maria la Real de la Almudena sits this tribute to Pope John Paul II. It is a new statue, installed in 1998 to commemorate his 1993 visit to the church. So there is not a...More
Pope John Paul II consecrated the Cathedral of the Almudena on 15th June, 1993. The plaza adjacent the Cathedral is commonly known as the plaza of John Paul II because of the statue representing the late Pope. Many bouquets of fresh flowers were adorning the...More
The larger than life statue of Pope John Paul II really gets your attention as you leave the Cathedral de la Almudena. I was also moved by the statue 'Homeless Jesus' by Timothy Schmalz which sleeps on a park bench nearby.
It felt like we were being welcomed by the Pope himself as we made our way to the Cathedral. This statue is the first thing you will see as you go up the stairs towards the Cathedral. There is an information board there , however...More
Though sculptor Juan de Avalos has depicted Pope John Paul II as larger than life in this bronze statue by Cathedral de la Almudena, I almost missed it. The work stands off to the left of a secondary entrance on the cathedral's east side above...More