Basilica de Jesus de Medinaceli, Madrid !

Moving right along in this wonderful tour of my travels ,updating and revising links and text on older posts; this one on my beloved Madrid. One of the most popular churches in the city, let me tell you a bit more on the Basilica de Jesus de Medinaceli!

I had come by here several times over the years but not really going in depth and not enough pictures until 2017!  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 see my 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 ,( best in English: Primary Arch Confraternity of the Royal and Illustrious Slavery of Our Father Jésus Nazareno de Medinaceli), 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.


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.




The official Basilica Jesus de Medinaceli webpage in Spanish:

The tourist office of Madrid on the Basilica Jesus de Medinaceli in English:

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. Hope you enjoy the brief introduction.

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

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