Top Choice Cathedral in León


León's 13th-century cathedral, with its soaring towers, flying buttresses and breathtaking interior, is the city's spiritual heart. Whether spotlit by night or bathed in glorious northern sunshine, the cathedral, ar…
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Panteón Real

Attached to the Real Basílica de San Isidoro, the stunning Panteón Real houses royal sarcophagi, which rest with quiet dignity beneath a canopy of some of the finest Romanesque frescos in Spain. Colourful motifs of …
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Museo de Arte Contemporáneo

León's showpiece Museo de Arte Contemporáneo has been acclaimed for the 37 shades of coloured glass that adorn the facade; they were gleaned from the pixelisation of a fragment of one of the stained-glass windows in…
Top Choice Church in León

Real Basílica de San Isidoro

Even older than León's cathedral, the Real Basílica de San Isidoro provides a stunning Romanesque counterpoint to the former's Gothic strains. Fernando I and Doña Sancha founded the church in 1063 to house the remai…
Museum in León

Claustro & Museo Catedralicio-Diocesano

The peaceful, light-filled claustro (cloisters), with its 15th-century frescoes, is a perfect complement to the main sanctuary and an essential part of the cathedral experience. The Museo Catedralicio-Diocesano, off…
Convent in León

Convento de San Marcos

You will have to check into the Hostal de San Marcos parador to appreciate most of this palatial former monastery, although the historic chapter house and magnificent cloister can be viewed by nonguests. The platere…
Palace in León

Palacio de los Guzmanes

León's recurring Renaissance theme finds expression in the splendid Palacio de los Guzmanes (1560), where the facade and patio stand out. The latter is accessible only by a free guided tour that leaves regularly fro…
Historic Building in León

Casa Botines

Antoni Gaudí's contribution to León's skyline is the castle-like, neo-Gothic Casa de Botines (1893) – though the zany architect of Barcelona fame seems to have been subdued by more sober León. A statue of Gaudí sits…
Historic Building in León

Farmacia Alonso Nuñez

Don't miss the fabulous Farmacia Alonso Nuñez at number 3. It dates from 1827 and, aside from the displays of anti-wrinkle creams and condoms, the sumptuous interior and ornate ceiling haven't changed a bit.
Museum in León

Museo Sierra-Pambley

This stately house dates from the 19th century and was built by Segundo Sierra-Pambley, who founded one of the first schools in the region in 1887. The rooms cover two floors with original furniture (much of it Fren…