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September 11, 2019

Church of Nuestra Senora del Carmen y San Luis Obispo, Madrid of course!

Now this is a challenge, how many have passed by the very popular Puerta del Sol and have not notice this church? And how many went shopping in the big department stores there and never notice this church? Well as you can see, there is so much to see even in popular areas, there are still off the beaten path monuments such as this one.

I will like to call your attention to the Church of Nuestra Señora del Carmen y San Luis Obispo or the Our Lady of Carmel and St Louis the Bishop Church! right near Puerta del Sol! in my beloved Madrid!


The Church of Nuestra Señora del Carmen and San Luis Obispo or Our Lady of Carmel and Saint Louis the Bishop is located on Calle del Carmen nº 10, very close to the Puerta del Sol, and is one of the best known and most visited churches in the old town. The church is the only remaining survivor of the former convent of Carmen Calzado, or footed carmel of Carmelite religious. Originally, it was dedicated to San Damaso, but was always known by the name of the order that occupied it.


The convent was confiscated in 1836, and the monks were exclaustrated; however, the church was preserved, converted in 1910 into a parish added to the neighboring of San Luis Obispo Church on Calle de la Montera, although some of its elements were modified. Later Our Lady of Carmel became an independent parish. During the Battle of Madrid , during the Spanish Civil War , the temple was desecrated, the graves were violated and the images were destroyed except for the titular Virgin who was at high altitude.

The Church of Nuestra Señora del Carmen and San Luis Obispo is a large, single-nave church with a large nave hall, blind dome and niche chapels in the body of the nave. It was built in the 17C. Inside, the wrought iron balconies that open to the nave and the semicircular arch entrances to the side chapels, closed with iron grills. The presbytery is chaired by a large altarpiece of classicist lines, which replaces the one that once drew for that space. In the attic, a Trinity, the work respectively representing the Punishment of Saint Elisha and the Destruction of the false prophets by Saint Elias. One of the most revered images of the temple is that of Our Lady of Carmen, taken in procession every July 16.

On the outside of the temple can be highlighted the cover that gives the side of the nave, a severe classicism, formed by a semicircular arch flanked by Corinthian columns, as a triumphal arch, with a niche with triangular pediment and auctions of balls and pyramids, of clear escurialense influence. The cover of the base of the temple is also valuable, as it is the only preserved remains of the old church of San Luis Obispo, moved here in 1950; Baroque work formed by a straight vain decorated with broken mouldings and cards and two lateral columns raised on high plinths with faceted shaft, finishing the set a cornice with brackets, a very outgoing pediment and a niche with the statue of St. Louis

Since February 2010 the Brotherhood of Los Gitanos has its canonical headquarters in this church. More of this here: Brotherhood of the gypsies webpage

The tourist office of Madrid on the church: Tourist office of Madrid on the Church of Our Lady of Carmel and St Louis the Bishop

There you go another hidden jewel of my beloved Madrid, this Church is a nice alternative or addition to your visit to the Puerta del Sol. Enjoy it

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


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September 11, 2019

Teleférico Rosales, Madrid of course!

And once again, I am repeating previous sites, well these are a must if visiting Madrid and for me remembering my youth can’t be here without been there! Madrid is it!

I will tell you about the cable car ride or Teleférico Rosales of Madrid, great thrills from my youths taken girls here wow great souvenirs and now to tell my boys as we ride together. Only sad part my dear late wife Martine is no longer with us; as in previous and future posts her smiling face will always be with us.

Let me post my previous entry on the Teleférico here: My previous post on the Teleferico of Madrid

The Teleférico Rosales or cable car is at the Paseo del Pintor Rosales and arrives in the Park of Casa del Campo. It rides over the rosaleda in the parque del Oeste, the Principe Pie cercanias train station, the Hermitage of San Antonio de la Florida and the Manzanares River and ends just a few steps from the Plaza de Pasos Perdidos in Casa del Campo. In the ride you practically see all of Madrid from both sides of the cabin!


As for the access entrances, it has two: one you will find at the height of the number 1 of the Paseo Pintor Rosales and the other in the Casa de Campo, on Camino Robledal nº 2. One of the entrances is located at the confluence of the Paseo by Pintor Rosales, Calle del Marqués de Urquijo and Paseo de Camoens. It is close to the Argüelles metro station lines 3;4 and 6. If you prefer to go by bus you can take No. 21 and 74. The Casa de Campo cable car station is close to the Batán metro station (25 min walk). You can also take bus no. 33.


Their webpage is here: Official teleferico of Madrid

Tourist office of Madrid on the Teleferico of Madrid

There you go another dandy in lovely eternal Madrid, do not miss the cable car is a great ride for the whole family and great views indeed.

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


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September 11, 2019

Temple de Debod, Madrid of course!

Well of course, Madrid is it for me. And as said been , lived, worked in the major cities of the world in my life. However, once bitten living in the changing of the guard times and then movida and then well Madrid is different. Each visit brings back memories and thrills and so good to now share it with my 3 young men sons. Once again in Madrid visiting old favorites.

This time we re visit the Temple of Debod! As have written before and have pictures will just bring a brief update here with new photos. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.


First, my previous post on it and I am sure there were others before lol! My previous post why not the temple of Debod

The temple of Amon, originally located in Debod, also known as the Temple of Debod, is a Nubian temple of ancient Egypt, dating from the 2nd century, dedicated to the Egyptian god Amon. It was rebuilt and, in 1972, opened to the public in the Parque del Oeste, on the mountain of Príncipe Pío. To go the exact address is Calle Ferraz 1. by metro/subway/tube get off at the Plaza de España stop lines 2, 3 and 10 or in Ventura Rodríguez line 3 that although it is somewhat further, you can walk to the temple perfectly . We enjoy the bus and lines 3, 46, 74, 75, 148 and C2 can take you there too.


The temple of Amon was built by the Nubian king Adijalamani of Meroe around the year 200-180 BC, in honor of the Egyptian god Amon as well as Isis, goddess of magic and wife of Osiris . The temple was originally erected at Debod in the Nile Valley 31 km from Aswan in Egypt.

At the time of ancient Egypt, the temple of Debod was a sacred place intended to house and protect the gods. The priests and pharaohs were the only people to have access to the shrine to come into contact with the deities through rites and offerings. During the most important ceremonies and rituals that took place at sunrise, the high priest was charged with opening the Naos chapel, and washing, purifying, perfuming, and parrying the statues of Amon and Isis according to a complex ritual. Moreover, secondary chapels, where are exposed the images of other gods, welcomed at the time the simpler sacred celebrations.


The Adijalamani chapel is the oldest part of the temple and one of the favorite rooms of visitors. It has kept its original state and contains a representation of King Adijalamani worshiping the deities and making offerings. On the floor of the Egyptian museum, a large collection of images testifies to the long history of the temple.

Near the Temple of Debod on the esplanade to the side , there is a fantastic mirador or lookout . Before you leave, come and enjoy its stunning views.

Nowdays you need to call ahead or check with the tourist office as many days is closed for maintenance and protection of the paintings on the walls inside.

The tourist office of Madrid on the Temple of Debod: Tourist office of Madrid on the Temple of Debod

And there you go another dandy in my beloved Madrid, you will be thrill to be here! Hope you enjoy it.

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


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