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Basilica de San Francisco el grande has a reputed site between Puerta de Toledo and the Palacio Real which make is a not to miss in your tour in Madrid. A monastery founded by saint Saint Francis of Assisi occupied the site until 1760. King carlos III wanted to build an outstanding basilica dedicated to the saint on the same place.
The basilica has a neo classical architecture based on a design by greatest architects of the era Francisco Cabezas, Antonio Pló, and completed by Francesco Sabatini. The seven main entranced show American walnut carvings by Casa Juan Guas. The Gothic choir stalls date back to 16th century came from La Cartuja del Paular in Segovia province.
A fabulous part of the basilica de San Francisco el grande is the huge dome and the largest in Spain with 108 feet in diameter. The basilica includes three chapels with the chapel of Saint Bernardino boasting beautiful paintings of Goya.