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Facade of the basilica.
Interior of the basílica.
Towers above Archbishop's Palace.

The Basílica of San Miguel is a baroque Roman Catholic church in central Madrid, Spain. It is located in San Justo Street, adjacent to the Archbishop's Palace. It is now owned by the Opus Dei.

Construction began in 1739, on the site of the parish church of Santos Justo y Pastor. The work was commissioned by Cardinal Infante Luis Antonio de Borbón y Farnesio, Archbishop of Toledo, who subsidized construction with 1.421.000 reales. Construction was completed in 1745.

After the Napoleonic invasion, the church added the advocacy of Saint Michael (San Miguel), when the nearby parish church of San Miguel de los Octoes was torn down.

The Italian composer Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805), who died in Madrid, was buried here until 1927, when Benito Mussolini repatriated the remains to his native Lucca.

The original plans have been attributed to Santiago Bonavía, with perhaps an earlier contribution of Teodoro Ardemans. It was completed by Virgilio Rabaglio. On the facade, the alegorical statues of charity, faith, hope, and fortitud were sculpted by Roberto Michel and Nicolás Carisana, adornan los dos cuerpos superiores. A panel by Carisana, on the facade depicts the martyrdom of Santos Justo y Pastor. The cupola is decorated with frescos (1745), by Bartolomé Rusca, depicting the apotheosis of Santos Justo y Pastor.

Among its wood sculptures is the Cristo de la Fe y del Perdón, by Luis Salvador Carmona.

Coordinates: 40°24′51.46″N 3°42′34.73″W / 40.4142944°N 3.7096472°W / 40.4142944; -3.7096472


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