La Almudena

The Fiesta de la Almudena is a merry event that everyone can enjoy for free. Virgen de la Almudena or the Virgin of Almudena in English is the female patron saint of Madrid.

The feast of the patroness of the city is celebrated annually every ninth day of November which takes place at Plaza de la Almudena. The festival starts with an open – air Mass at the Plaza Mayor at 11 o’clock in the morning. After the Mass, the image of la Almudena will be carried around the city in a religious procession. Flowers are offered to the patroness throughout the day at the Plaza de la Almudena, making a wonderful aroma in the streets. While the traditional food that Madrilleños offer during this festival is the Roscón de la Almudena, a sweet bread roll that usually contains a small gift.

The Virgin of La Almud

The Fiesta de la Almudena is a merry event that everyone can enjoy for free. Virgen de la Almudena or the Virgin of Almudena in English is the female patron saint of Madrid.

The feast of the patroness of the city is celebrated annually every ninth day of November which takes place at Plaza de la Almudena. The festival starts with an open – air Mass at the Plaza Mayor at 11 o’clock in the morning. After the Mass, the image of la Almudena will be carried around the city in a religious procession. Flowers are offered to the patroness throughout the day at the Plaza de la Almudena, making a wonderful aroma in the streets. While the traditional food that Madrilleños offer during this festival is the Roscón de la Almudena, a sweet bread roll that usually contains a small gift.

The Virgin of La Almudena is a religious festival which has its roots in a beautiful legend of a miracle. The legend tells us that Apostle Santiago (St. James) was the first to bring Christianity to Spain. He also brought the statue of the Virgin of la Almundena with him which they enshrined in a small town (currently Madrid). In the early 700’s, the Moors conquered most of the Iberian Peninsula (currently Portugal and Spain) and tried to eliminate all Christian influences. The residents of Madrid hid the image when they realized that the Moors were on their way and feared that the image would be violated. They created a space in a wall, lit two candles and sealed the wall with the image of the Virgin of La Almudena inside.

After two centuries when Madrid was liberated, the Madrilleños started to look for the rumored image of the Virgin of La Almudena which was allegedly hidden in a wall. In 1085, after a prayer and procession to find the image, the wall hiding the Virgin of La Almudena fall apart to reveal the unharmed image with the two same candles still burning.

La Almudena is a religious festival which has its roots in a beautiful legend of a miracle. The legend tells us that Apostle Santiago (St. James) was the first to bring Christianity to Spain. He also brought the statue of the Virgin of la Almundena with him which they enshrined in a small town (currently Madrid). In the early 700’s, the Moors conquered most of the Iberian Peninsula (currently Portugal and Spain) and tried to eliminate all Christian influences. The residents of Madrid hid the image when they realized that the Moors were on their way and feared that the image would be violated. They created a space in a wall, lit two candles and sealed the wall with the image of the Virgin of La Almudena inside.

After two centuries when Madrid was liberated, the Madrilleños started to look for the rumored image of the Virgin of La Almudena which was allegedly hidden in a wall. In 1085, after a prayer and procession to find the image, the wall hiding the Virgin of La Almudena fall apart to reveal the unharmed image with the two same candles still burning.

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