SABATINI, Francesco
(b. 1721, Palermo, d. 1797, Madrid)

Exterior view

completed 1785
San Francisco el Grande, Madrid

The influences of St. Peter's in Rome are obvious in the design for San Francisco el Grande. The building was executed by Francesco Sabatini from a design by Francisco de la Cabeza. It featured a drumless dome 33 m in diameter. Under Joseph Bonaparte it was used as the assembly of the Cortes, and became the Pantéon Nacional in 1837. This building is the last resting place for some of Spain's most famous figures.