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 San Marcos can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 20, 2017
    Today it is the Parador de León. I could only see it on the outside but is worth noting its facade. Next to this building is the Roman bridge of San Marcos on the river Bernesga.
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  • August 18, 2017
    What most struck us was the history of its use as a concentration camp in the GC that the tombstones of bishops with transcripts of the year of the tana. Magnificent plateresque façade. Penalty can not see the Parador on the inside.
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  • August 17, 2017
    We made a stop in the Parador San Marcos, we take a very well-prepared Izaguirre and they put us a few acceptable caps, all in its magnificent terrace...'
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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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