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September 10, 2019

Joy Eslava, Madrid of course!

Ok this is for the memories only for me. This is a place of my youth in my beloved Madrid from another era. Even if old each time in the city passed by it as to remind myself of the good old days in Madrid.

When a young teen used to come here for theater presentations and community dances. We were eager to show off to the girls and dress to kill. Of course, there were a lot of guards then to keep an eye on us. Time has change!!! This is now a very hot discotheque of the rich and famous and then not.

However, the spot is nostalgic and makes you bring out the best in you or the young in you and now sharing stories with my young men sons! Joy Eslava or as old days Teatro Eslava is it in my Madrid!

Maybe it would help some young folks come to Madrid and have a blast here it is guarantee… Some older photo  here

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joy Eslava  is the name of a nightclub located in the Calle del Arenal near Puerta del Sol. Here there was a theater from the 19C until 1981 when the nightclub was inaugurated on the night of February 24, 1981. The stage and the balconies have been transformed into a dancefloor to make it a mythical place in Madrid. The Joy Eslava would become one of the leisure places of reference in Madrid, for a specific public and incorporating a new type of premises, the macro-disco.

During the 1980s it was a place of concentration of characters from the so-called Madrid Movida and served as an occasional stage for the Spanish television musical program Aplauso, which led there stars of the moment such as Alaska and the Pegamoides, Mecano or Tino Casal. Joy Eslava has continued to host concerts, parties and various social events, with the participation of celebrities such as Roger Moore, Pedro Almodóvar, Stevie Wonder, Julio Iglesias or Ruth Lorenzo.

Official Joy Eslava

Tourist office of Madrid on Joy Eslava

Photos from 2019 here!

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This is for the night owls now but worth it still do try it if you dare lol! Madrid forever!!!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

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September 10, 2019

Real Colegiata de San Isidro,Madrid!!!

And now this is Madrid as close as you can get, have been inside several times but many years ago, finally got around to show my young men the heritage , architecture and history of my beloved Madrid . This is the Patron Saint of Madrid San Isidro and this is his home.

I like to tell you about a place you need to come if really want to know Madrid, the Real Colegiata de San Isidro or Royal Collegiale of Saint Isidore. Let me tell you briefly on the Church.

The Collegiate Church of San Isidro, also called Collegiate Church of San Isidro el Real, located in the historic center at Calle de Toledo no 37 . It was the provisional cathedral of this city until 1993, the year in which the Almudena Cathedral opened its doors. The building was built in the 17C as a church of the former Imperial College of the Society of Jesus, which is attached to the building. In it, the mortal remains of San Isidro, patron of Madrid, and his wife, Santa María de la Cabeza, are guarded.

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A bit of history I like

The Collegiate Church of San Isidro is due to a 1620 design and the works began two years later, were directed until 1633 with the same architect and completed construction with others in 1664.

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The Collegiate Church of San Isidro replaced the parish of St. Peter and St. Paul, from the 16C, which was demolished, next to the primitive Imperial College, following the instructions left in his will by Mary of Austria ,daughter of Emperor Carlos I. The Empress bequeathed her fortune to the Society of Jesus in order to build a new church on the site of the demolished church. The temple was consecrated on September 23, 1651. In 1767, with the expulsion of the Jesuits, it became a collegiate church. Two years later, by order of King Carlos III it was under the invocation of San Isidro.

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In 1885, with the constitution of the diocese of Madrid, it became the provisional cathedral of this city, a rank that it held for more than a century, until 1993, when the current Almudena Cathedral was concluded and San Isidro recovered the condition of Collegiate Church.

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In 1936, the building was set on fire as soon as the Spanish Civil War began. The fire destroyed numerous works of art, including the main altarpiece, as well as canvases by Francisco Ricci or Luca Giordano. The fire also caused the sinking of the dome, the first  vault with structure of recycled wood, canes and gypsum. After the war, the entire Church was restored. The process developed slowly over two decades, trying to recover as much as possible the original elements, until culminating in the 1960s with the elevation of a new section in the towers of the main façade.

Since 1978 the Church of San Isidro is the canonical seat of the Brotherhood of Our Father Jesus of the Great Power and Mary Most Holy of Hope Macarena, who collects the witness of these two Sevillian devotions and makes its processional departure from Holy Week on the afternoon of Holy Thursday.

A bit on the architecture I like

The Collegiate Church of San Isidro is one of the most representative religious architecture in Madrid of the 17C. It was built in Baroque style by Jesuit architects, who followed the model defined in the Church of the Gesù, in Rome. Its single-nave Latin cross plan, with side chapels, cruise and dome, denotes this influence. The main facade, which overlooks Calle de Toledo, stands out for its monumental air with palatial reminiscences. Made of granite, it integrates a central body of four Corinthian columns, chaired by a sculptural group with the effigies of San Isidro and his wife Santa Maria de la Cabeza.

On the nave the dome rises, is the first example of a boxed dome, a type of false dome drawn on a wooden frame covered with plaster, which, given its lightness, facilitates its support on walls of small thickness. The interior of the temple, rich in works of art, lost much of them in the fire of the early 20C. However, the sarcophagus was saved with the relics of San Isidro, which is guarded in the main altarpiece, and some paintings and sculptures; thus, an excellent altarpiece chaired by La Sagrada Familia (Holy Family), also called Las dos Trinidades (two trinitaires) , in the Pilar chapel; or several paintings by the baroque, among them the one that represents the conversion of San Francisco de Borja, in the altarpiece of the left arm of the cruise.

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The pulpit is also interesting, made in a combination of polychrome marbles. The great main altarpiece, which is in Neoclassical style, was grazed by the fire and replaced after the Spanish Civil War with an exact copy; In its central part it houses two sarcophagi that contain the relics of the patron Saint of Madrid and his wife, also a Saint.

Tourist office of Madrid on the Collegiate Church of San Isidro

Official blog of the parish on San Isidro in Spanish

There you go a must when in Madrid, even if not into religion, this is the architecture and historical center of the city, the meaning of Madrid for all its residents and you will leave knowing more about Madrid than ever. Enjoy the Collegiate Church of San Isidro! I will have more on the museum later on.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

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September 10, 2019

Catedral de la Almudena, Madrid of course!

Moving right along on the most known and visited places of my beloved Madrid I come to the wonderful awesome Cathedral of the Almudena. Again I have written before on it but this is just an update with new photos for the new readers and memories forever for me.

I will start again with my previous post on the Cathedral dating from February 2017! My previous post on the Cathedral of Almudena Madrid

Some update and some repeated info with new photos from 2019 to follow.

The Cathedral of Santa Maria Real de la Almudena  was built opposite the Palacio Real (Royal Palace) as an old church Santa Maria during the 12C. It is the episcopal seat of the diocese of the capital. It is a church 102 meters long and 73 meters high built on a mixture of different styles: neoclassical outside, neo-Gothic inside and neo-Romanesque in the crypt. It was begun to be built in 1883 and was consecrated by Pope John Paul II on his fourth trip to Spain on June 15, 1993. It is the only Spanish Cathedral dedicated by a Pope.

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The main façade overlooks Plaza de la Armería, facing the Royal Palace. You can access the crypt from Calle Mayor. Unlike other cathedrals, which have an east-west orientation, that of Almudena has a north-south orientation, fruit of its design as an integral part of the complex of the Royal Palace. It is built in stone from Novelda (near Alicante) and granite from Colmenar Viejo (near Madrid).

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A complete visit to the Almudena Cathedral is divided into three phases: Interior of the temple, Museum and dome, and the Crypt. The museum of the Almudena Cathedral has the mission of preserving, exhibiting, investigating the history of the diocese of Madrid. The permanent exhibition consists of objects of considerable religious and historical-artistic value from the former parish of Santa Maria de la Almudena, cradle of the current cathedral.

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The mounting to the dome is a highlight for me. Halfway up is the balcony, with a perfect view of the Plaza de la Armeria of the Palacio Real. Also on the climb you can admire an impressive model of the first project of the cathedral, designed by the architect Francisco de Cubas, from the end of the 19C. But what is most impressive is the view from above, outside the dome. From here you can enjoy an excellent panoramic view, with 360 degree vision, of all of Madrid. The Casa de Campo, the sierra or mountains, the entire flat part of the south plains, the rooftops of the city center of Madrid. Everything is seen with a privileged perspective. Without a doubt, it is one of the best viewpoints in Madrid. In all a must to come here.

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As usual by me some webpages to help you enjoy your trip here which is a must

Official Cathedral of the Almudena Madrid

Tourist office of Madrid on the Cathedral of Almudena Madrid

Official Cathedral of Almudena on the Museum

Tourist office of Madrid on the Cathedral of Almudena museum

There you go folks another jewel in my Madrid and you should see it too! Wonderful area, full of architecture and history of my Madrid and my beloved Spain. Hope you enjoy it

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

 

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