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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. To visit Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral and other attractions in Leon, use our Leon trip itinerary maker.
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  • Very nice Church the lion I think that a small renewal need you to and are in this little by little and all the processions interesting
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  • Famous for its stained glass Windows, this Cathedral is much more than that. First, your presence in the square is a mastery as few cathedrals have. Climbing the Calle Ancha and reach the Plaza Regla, depando us, left, with this monument is an indescribable feeling, a mix of surprise and astonishment. Clearly Gothic in nature, the main elevation is of sublime elegance. The central body of the Cathedral, which corresponds to the main ship, is released from two bell towers that flank, only connected by flying buttresses. This is then crowned by a horizontal body, slightly advanced, where the three broken arches that frame the main portal, whose work at the level of the arches and wooden doors is magnificent. Moreover, it has the typical characteristics of a Gothic Cathedral: the cruciform plan, galleries, ribbed vaults, among others. Highlight is the ambulatory, whose chapels worth a look; for the chorus, which originally stood near the altar and which was later replaced in the middle of the nave, blocking the direct view to the altar when you enter the building, but which has great wooden works and of course, the stained glass Windows, living tone, with scenes from the Bible and everyday life of the time.
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  • Worth going back it only by the light from the stained-glass windows, space, cozy size and history of this Cathedral, visit each clip you. We had a single bad taste in mouth, since not informed us well at the box office about the pack of Cathedral/cloister/Museum, and why we lost the bonus price (but as I want it to be considered as a dismissal of the employee and without malice, reflecting it in the explanation, but without subtracting excellence to this must-see in Leon).
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  • Top catholic cathedral. A must see in Leon.
  • The "Pulchra Leonina" is one of the most beautiful Gothic style cathedrals in Spain. It's stained glass windows are probably the best of Spain.
  • Probably the best stained glass windows in the world. It is an absolute must when visiting Leon.
  • Great Cathedral. It is a must if you visit León city. You can have an interior view from a elevated platform.
  • Very nice historic building, worth a visit.