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San Marcos, Leon
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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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  • We stayed at the hostel which is located here, and we saw him, therefore, from top to bottom. It is a very interesting site to see if one goes to visit León.
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  • Interesting the history, works of art and especially them more diverse applications that has had the convent... Visit obliged.
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  • On the banks of the River, this building is now a Parador hotel. It has an interesting facade where you can also appreciate a sculpture of a pilgrim.
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  • It is REGRETTABLE that the upper cloister and the choir (including stalls) belong to the parador and the State has consented to it. To visit it, you have to stay on it or rely on restricted and cortisimas visits giving alms as a parador (provided that there is some event prevents it, which are many times)... And unfortunate the two people who are in the Museum, the Church of San Marcos and which are that let you enter the cloister... In addition to appearance of very vague, they are edges and very little human... Refuse to the person that needs it up the elevator of the parador to visit the upper cloister, lift them surely use because they don't look up to walk... UNFORTUNATE...
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  • Parador Nacional in a building historic and worth a visit.
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  • Now a parador this Convent is a marvel. Highlight its plateresque façade, its church, its cloister and its spectacular choir, carved with images of the old and New Testament. The visit is free but must be consulted when the choir since that is not always possible since it depends on the Parador can be seen.
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  • A marvel of building, located in the eponymous square on the banks of the Bernesga form a set of a hardly surmountable beauty. Everything is in place. A welcoming, emblematic and careful city.
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  • one of the key buildings in León visits. Don't miss out the room that is the entrance to the right and the hall of the parador. ++
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