Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral, Leon

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Also known as the "House of Light,” Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral was built on the site of Roman baths. Myriad styles of painting and architectural craftwork decorate the interior, including alabaster sculptures dating back to the Renaissance and a grand rose window that casts warm light over a spot in the cathedral where it is said that justice was imparted. The museum shelves inside the cathedral hold over 1,500 items of sacred art, some of which date back to prehistory. Arrange your visit to Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral and discover more family-friendly attractions in Leon using our Leon holiday planner .
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  • The set of stained glass windows, surprised me very nice. I'm glad of having been, you never know what you will discover. Impressive Gothic
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  • It's a great cathedral! The Windows are wonderful. In the evening, it's very impressive there. Who wants to take part in the divine service, simply ask at the Museum (side entrance), there is the entrance to the chapel. Negative: once the audio guide (in the entrance included) the third section stumbling himself. Because you have unfortunately quickly back to the previous location. Everything else is very well done! It is and remains a must-have in León!
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  • Essential monument with spectacular stained-glass windows. A beauty of place. The audioguide included in the visit is great because it has very well what is necessary without you stun or overwhelm you with too much information. It has been a pleasure
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  • Outstanding 1400 Sq Metres of medieval stained glass. It’s the most illuminated Gothic Cathedral in the world that still isn’t in UNESCO list. I just don’t get it. I understand some people wouldn’t be able to identify why it’s a monument of such architectural importance because it is smaller than many others, for example. But this is an ancient house of light, that sets it miles apart from thick gothic walls and austere interiors. The challenges its builders faced in order to see through their vision (from building on Roman thermal baths that made its foundations subside, to do without much of the thick Gothic walls in order to incorporate so many windows) this cathedral is something short of a miracle.
  • The most significant symbol of León, one of my favorite places on earth. My father’s beloved city and cathedral... it’s a pretty impressive one regardless of your religion or beliefs.
  • An architectural, historic, religious and visual gem! The many stained glass windows are beautiful if there is good light outside. The early minimalist structural designs, later influenced with the ornate choir arch and benches is fascinating. The self guided audio tour is very well narrated and interesting. An impressive cathedral and well worth the €6 entrance fee.
  • A must-aee attraction in Leon. Yo a modern traveller this is an impressive place. I can only imagine how stunning it would appear to a 13th century visitor. The choir area is uniquely interesting.
  • This is one of the most beautiful churches in Spain. Stain glasses were just breathtaking. €6 to enter, with a magazine and audioguide provided.
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