José A. Navarro

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Plaza San Andrés 4,
28005 Madrid, Madrid, España

This is one of the places La Latina in Madrid. Here we find the chapel of San Isidro, San Isidro Museum and the parish of St. Andrew. It´s nice stop here, for their facades and their environment.

Little can be said with certainty of the original church, which existed in the late twelfth century and possibly built on a site formerly occupied by the early Christian church of Islamic Madrid, as the jurisdiction of San Andres which was extended by the former neighborhood Mudejar Moorish later. This temple was frequented by San Isidro Labrador and Santa Maria de la Cabeza, Parishioners of the parish in which the saint was buried. Beside him stood the house of his patron Ivan Vargas, on which was lifted after the palace of the Marquis de Paredes, now reconstructed and turned into a museum of municipal ownership. It was the well, starring in one of the miracles of the saint, and a small chapel in the place where they said he had lived San Isidro.

For Elias Tormo, however, the site of the original church was formerly occupied by a mosque next to the watchtower in what became the palace of the Laso de Castilla, Residence of Ferdinand and Isabella and Cardinal Cisneros when they were in Madrid. In times of Ferdinand and Isabella was renovated in Gothic style church, opening both a high pass of communication with the palace. In the sixteenth century was the ados Bishop´s ChapelAfter independent church, which in 1535 moved the saint´s body by order of Bishop de Vargas Carvajal Gutierrez, giving rise to discord between the two chaplains, until twenty-four years later his body returned to its original location. In 1656 the old church suffered a collapse, rebuilding modestly while building the chapel of San Isidro, changing its orientation. The new church of San Andres is adorned with an altarpiece by Alonso Cano, but simplified the original project which included the urn of San Isidro. The sculptures belonging to Manuel Pereira, who also accounted for the statue of St. Andrew in stone located in the niche of its single door (now in the garden what is left of it). The church was burned in 1936 and upon the site of the original Gothic header later built the rectory. The present church occupies what was the chapel of San Isidro and a section of the reconstructed in the seventeenth century.