Believe it or not, Madrid did not have a cathedral officially until 1993 when the Almudena Cathedral was consecrated by Pope John Paul II. This temple has been jinxed since the beginning.
At the time of Felipe II, they already planned to build a cathedral for the villa and the court, but the monarch was more interested in finishing the construction of the Monastery of El Escorial, for which he discarded this project. At the same time, there was a power struggle in the Toledo archdiocese. They did not want Madrid to have its own archdiocese.
The building was postponed until the time of Felipe IV, who together with his wife Isabel de Borbón, gave a new push to finish the old project, even donating a piece of land for it. But new problems emerged and again everything was put aside and forgotten.
However, with the death of Queen María de las Mercedes, who could not be buried in El Escorial because she was not the mother of a king, they thought of the long awaited cathedral in the capital as a final resting point.
Finally, in 1880, construction on the cathedral started in front of the royal palace, but they soon realized the magnificent project of a neo-Gothic church on a Romanesque crypt could not be carried out. So the years passed by with renovations and the building of the cathedral never finished. By now, you can understand how complicated they cathedral’s history really is.
A special event was expected for the inauguration of the temple, and we all thought it would be the wedding of the Prince of Asturias (heir to the throne) and Letizia Ortiz. Unfortunately, just a month before the inauguration, Madrid suffered the worst terrorist attack in its history, and the funeral of the victims was celebrated in the cathedral.