Basilica de Jesus de Medinaceli, Madrid

I have come by here several times over the years and taken some pictures but never enough and never a post. It is time this wonderful Church Basilica gets it’s worth from me. This is Madrid!

The Basilica de Jésus de Medinaceli is located at the Plaza de Jésus near the Westin Palace Hotel and the wonderful Cerveceria Cervantes and other spots in my previous posts.

This is one of five basilicas in Madrid, and is located on the site of the previous Convento de Trinitarios Descalzos de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación ( convent of the barefoot Trinitarian of Our Lady of the Incarnation b. 1606) . It is ,also, the seat of the order of the Archicofradia Primaria de la Real e Ilustre Esclavitud de Nuestro Padre Jésus Nazareno de Medinaceli; b. 1710 , and given status in 1928 by Pope Pius XI; yes it is long ::) the fraternity of the Jesus of Nazareth for short.

The Church was consecrated in 1930, designated parish in 1966, and raise to Basilica minor by the Pope Paul VI in 1973. The current Basilica has three nave with the larger one in the middle, all done in a baroque style. There is a statue of Jesus of Nazareth in the corner of the building facing the street.

The main webpage for it in Spanish is here:

The tourist office of Madrid has a bit on it in English here:

A must see is the Christ of Medinaceli done in the 17C with brilliant workmanship of venerable artists from Seville (high altar photo). The Duke of Medinaceli built a chapel in  1689 in honor of the statue. After the war of Independence in Spain the Church was almost destroyed and the Duke’s mother decided to erect a Church first in 1890 from which the Church grew and now Basilica. The image almost did not survive the Spanish Civil War, and needed to be taken out of Spain, even to France; the survival of the icon, despite its difficulties, has augmented its veneration.

A very nice Church Basilica that is really beautiful in its chapels and statues inside very venerable and one of the most visited by Madrileños; it will be worth your detour. Enjoy the photos; cheers.

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One Comment to “Basilica de Jesus de Medinaceli, Madrid”

  1. Reblogged this on Paris1972-Versailles2003 and commented:

    This is one that needs to be seen more in my Madrid. the post is from Sept 2017. the church is near the Palace Hotel and the Congress of Deputies of Spain very nice area I will be again this Summer.Very venerable and one of the most visited by Madrileños; it will be worth your detour at the Basilica de Jésus de Medinaceli


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