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  • 1 Treasury of the Collegiate Church of San Isidoro Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Plaza de San Isidoro E - León

    This ecclesiastical museum's collection is of considerable historical and artistic significance. Among its treasures are the reliquary of St Isidore (11C), a wood casket covered in hammered gold and silverwork; the Doña Urraca chalice composed of two..

  • 2 León cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. de la Regla E - 24007 León

    This is the only cathedral in Spain to have adopted the French taste for high, slender and light naves. The outstanding stained-glass windows illuminating the nave, and covering an area of 1 700m 2, have compromised the strength of the building. The ..

  • 3 Royal Pantheon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Plaza de San Isidoro 4 E - 24003 León

    Twenty-five kings and queens of León and many children are buried in this pantheon, which is one of the earliest examples of Romanesque art. This is illustrated by the sturdy columns crowned by capitals decorated with plant motifs reminiscent of Astu..

  • 4 Plaza Mayor Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Plaza Mayor E - León

    Dating from 1665, Plaza Mayor is an exercise in architectural elegance. Its arcades and balconies give onto gracious perspectives and fine buildings, like the one now occupied by the Municipal Police (Baroque style, with balustrade). This square was ..

  • 5 Former monastery of San Marcos Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. de San Marcos E - 24001 León

    The mother house of the Knights of the Order of Saint James (soldier-monks who protected pilgrims along the route to Santiago de Compostela) was built here in the 12C, three centuries before Ferdinand decided to build a magnificent monastery worthy o..

  • 6 Museo Provincial de León Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Plaza de Santo Domingo 8 E - 24001 León

    Arranged on three floors, León's provincial museum covers a wide spectrum, including Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the modern era. Its attractive, informative and interactive displays provide detailed information on events and historic and artistic ..

  • 7 Plaza San Martin Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Plaza San Martin E - León

    This square is at the heart of the Barrio Húmedo, or humid quarter, so called on account of the large number of bars serving beer and local wine! This popular district, partially enclosed by the old walls, dates from the Middle Ages. Its street names..

  • 8 Castle Gate Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Plaza de la Puerta Castillo E - León

    Any discovery of León begins with its unique city gate preserved as part of the ancient and medieval walls, originally erected on a quadrilateral plan between the 1C and 3C, and rebuilt between the 12C and the 15C, with 72 semi-circular towers and a ..

  • 9 Casa Botinàs Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Plaza del Obispo Marcelo 5 E - Leon

    This building with palatial pretensions was designed by Modernist legend Gaudi for corporate patron Fernandez y Andres, the successor to the textile firm founded by Joan Homs i Botinàs. Built in 1892 in neo-Gothic style, the building is supported by ..

  • 10 Saint Isidore Interesting

    Religious buildings

    pl. de San Isidoro E - 24003 León

    This basilica (1063), dedicated to Isidore, the Archbishop of Seville, houses a Romanesque royal pantheon with capitals and magnificent wall paintings (12C). In the treasury where you can admire a ivory carving tool from the 11C.

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