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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  • We visited the Cathedral of Leon during our Camino de Santiago and it was a very beautiful experience. We took an hour approximately. The cost were 6 euros with audioguide. Don't forget to follow instructions in five steps that brings the audioguide and detail the pregnant Virgin which is divine. the stained glass windows of the Cathedral Marvel. the organ we saw him in the morning and at night attended a concert at the Cathedral in which we could hear him. It was overwhelming.
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  • This Gothic cathedral stands out from others as the de Burgos (which is great) by the beauty of stained glass which, according to the Guide, are among the most beautiful in the world. It is a must-see in the city of León.
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  • One of the cathedrals that cannot be left to see of our monumental Spain. Similarity of the French Gothic cathedrals and suffering all the drawbacks of the climate of Leon forcing to make restorations in the small space of good time that leaves the summer there, are facing one of the great architectural wonders They adorn our country. The stained glass windows are something quite spectacular. You can be hours admiring them sitting in front of them. The input with audio guide costs € 6. The square where it is located is also something worth to see and enjoy. There is a public car park very close to it.
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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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