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Notes on the Geography of Spain: Madrid: Photo 14

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Rather than continue straight to the city center, we're going to do a circumambulation from about 7 o'clock on an imaginary and fairly elastic clock face around to 2. Then we'll slide down one of the clock hands and look around the center. We'll never be more than a mile from it.

Here we are at 8 pm, just a five-minute walk from the Toledo Gate. This is the church of San Francisco el Grande, begun in 1761 and completed in 1784. Built on the site of a just-demolished Franciscan convent, it's often described as Spain's version of the Pantheon. The design was by a Franciscan brother, Francisco de las Cabezas.

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