As we walked past this church in Madrid, I would not have guessed that it was only a hundred years old. The building was huge, and the entrance to the church was squeezed between two parts of a facade lined with windows. The Family said, this looks like a residential church. Indeed it was, as we discovered from prophet Google.
The parish church of Santa Teresa y San Jose, to give it its local name, is a combination of a hospital, a religious convent and a church.
Work on it was started in 1916 and completed in twelve years. Within a few years, it was burnt down during the Spanish Civil War, and was then reconstructed. So, the crenellation and Gothic look of the structure is just href=”https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2018/08/14/redolent/”>romantic imagination. We saw that a religious service was in progress and did not go in. In Spain tourists are often forbidden from entering churches during service.
There were statues and other decorations on the facade (I think the photo on the left probably shows the patron saint of the church), all striving to make the church look older than it actually is. We gawked at all this and decided that the most admirable part of the building was the mosaic covered full dome which you can see in the featured photo.