Antiguo Convento de San Marcos, Leon

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Religious Site · Architectural Building
Antiguo Convento de 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. Using our international travel planner, Leon attractions like Antiguo Convento de San Marcos can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Antiguo Convento de San Marcos is a jewel surrounded by a large pedestrian plaza. The origins of this magnificent monument lie in the 12th century and finished in the 16th century. The impressive...  more »
  • This is about a 15 minute walk from the old town, either a pleasant walk along the river, or a nice walk through late 1800 and early 1900 buildings. This convent has a very long and nice front, well.....  more »
  • A lovely place to visit with a few pilgrims passing through on the way towards Galicia. There's a good statue of a pilgrim sitting down with his sandals off, contemplating his fate.
  • We were unfortunately unable to get an English tour - they were only providing tours in Spanish the day of our visit. I appreciated the patience of the guide who did take time to point out highlights for is nonetheless. The Roman Pantheon where the royalty of Spain lie was a must see.

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