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San Marcos, Leon

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Architectural Building Religious Site
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. Take a look at our Leon tour planner to schedule your visit to San Marcos and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • This building is also a parador, or government run hotel. It is truly a very impressive structure and retains much of the historical appearance it had in centuries. The church and cloister are very ni...  more »
  • Located close to the river and picturesque old medevial bridge, San Marco monastery is worth of even a short visit. See inside patio with cypruses and arches of second floor gallery, main alter, great...  more »
  • This place almost dissapeared so the fact that it's still intact is amazing when you see get to see it and learning the rich history behind it.  more »
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  • Fabulous. Full of tradition and history. Wonderful setting
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  • Parador, architecturally speaking have two parts the modern we can ignore it, another wonder is worthy of visit. Food, like everything goes in tastes. In my case I saw them best.
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  • Spectacular convent, the most beautiful of Leon, re-fuel.
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  • A haven of peace, a soul is not heard in the cloister
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