Antiguo Convento de San Marcos, Leon

4.5
#3 of 15 in Historic Sites in Leon
Antiguo Convento de San Marcos is one of the most iconic monuments of the Spanish Renaissance, now housing a museum, a church, and a parador, or luxury hotel. Admire the facade's pearl plateresco work, a unique Spanish Renaissance art form using floral designs, festoons, and mythical creatures, in the manner of silver work. Then, head inside to find the ornate Gothic church consecrated in 1541, an archaeological museum with art and artifacts from the Paleolithic to the Middle Ages, and the hotel filled with Flemish paintings, tapestries, and ornate wood carvings. The site's history dates back to the 12th century, when the sister of King Alfonso VII of León donated money for the construction of a hospital-temple for pilgrims on the Way of St. James. In the 16th century, King Ferdinand paid for construction to begin on the resplendent Renaissance building that stands today. Using our international travel planner, Leon attractions like Antiguo Convento de San Marcos can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Unfortunately the Parador is in works and only you can see the beautiful façade, this semi-derelict part back.
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  • Very nice facade and the sources of water coming out of the ground, inside is very nice the cloister was in the works and not is could visit but for some glass is could see and get an idea of how nice this place.
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  • Located in the Parador Nacional San Marcos, now remodeled by the development works to improve its interior, junyto a small reservoir of the Rio Bernesga and next to this the Church of the same name. Re-fuel pilgrims, because before the is the effigy of a pilgrim exhausted and laid to rest
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  • Beautiful old convent on the river. Turned into a hostel/hotel years ago. being renovated now but the front of building is still something to see.
  • The renovation of the building is more than you can expect. It includes a Museo de León exhibition in religious topics. The Iglesia is on the Way of Santiago (El Camino), so you can wonder the building in any time. Perfect place with the amazing and great square to have a rest and get dozens of experiences about León and its past and present.
  • Full of history
  • Expectacular
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