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A statue of the Virgin and Child stands atop an elaborate 17th century silver platform on the altar of Our Lady of Almudena, patron saint of the Madrid. It is part of a larger altarpiece from the late 15th Century.
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Silver vases/flowers decorating the three-story altar dedicated to the Virgin of Almudena, Almudena Cathedral, Madrid, Spain.
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The lower section of La Custodia de Enrique de Arfe or the Monstrance of Arfe. The outer structure, which measures over ten feet tall, was made of solid silver and gilded. In the center stands a smaller, solid gold monstrance studded with gems and pearls. The inner monstrance belonged to Queen Isabella the Catholic and was brought to Toledo in 1505. The gothic style outer structure was made by silversmith Enrique de Arfe between 1517–1524; the gilding was applied later in 1595. Legend has it that the monstrance was gilded with the first gold brought back from the New World by Columbus. It is used to display a communion wafer on special occasions. The monstrance is/was paraded through the streets of Toledo in the annual feast of Corpus Christi.