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Principal facade of the basilica.
The Royal Basilica of San Francisco el Grande of Real Basílica de san Francisco el Grande is a Roman Catholic church in central Madridmarker, located in the Barrio (neighborhood) of La Latina. The main facade faces the Plaza of San Francisco, at the intersection of Bailén, the Gran Vía de san Francisco, and the Carrera de san Francisco. It forms part of the convent of Jesús y María of the Franciscan order. The convent was founded in the 13th century a the site of a chapel.

The basilica was designed in a Neoclassic style in the second half of the 18th century, based on a design by Francisco Cabezas, developed by Antonio Pló, and completed by Francesco Sabatini. The church contains paintings by Zurbarán y Goya. The temple once functioned as the National pantheon, and enshrined the remains of famous artists and politicians.



Image:San francisco el grande historico.jpg|Interior in 1860.Image:Viaducto hierro madrid.jpg|Print showing translation of the remains of Calderón de la Barca from San Francisco el Grande (at the left of the image) to the cemetery of san Nicolás, by the original viaduct of Segovia in 1874.

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