La Basilica De San Isidoro De Leon, Leon

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Must see · Religious Site · Historic Site
La Basilica De San Isidoro De Leon dates back a millenium, although it has been rebuilt since then. Within the church is a pantheon serving as the burial place to some dozens of members of Spanish royalty from centuries past. Be sure to look up at the ceiling frescos in this royal tomb. Relics from Saint John the Baptist and Saint Pelayo are on display, as well as the remains of San Isidoro. The museum is sure to interest history buffs, with medieval ivories, fabrics, and codices, as well as a Visigothic Bible. Look up at the facade to see a statue of Saint James the Moor Slayer mounted on horseback. Put La Basilica De San Isidoro De Leon on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Leon sightseeing planning tool.
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  • The only way to visit was with a guided tour. There is much to see in this Romanesque edifice, but the highlight were the well-preserved frescoes from the late 11th and early 12th centuries.  more »
  • Lovely Romanesque church with its fascinating history and an interesting highlights of Medieval frescoes. It’s a must and highly recommended.  more »
  • Expecting the Basilica to be larger than the cathedral. No it smaller and more on the simpler side. There are nice side chapels. Also no charge to see and rest in contemplation for a while.
  • I attended the 7 PM "pilgrim service". The service of course was all in Spanish, but there no booklets to follow. The sermon was far too long, especially since a fair number of people didn't understand a word that he said. After the 40 minute service, he asked the pilgrims to come to the front (in Spanish ), but once we were there, he greeted and spoke to us in English. He handed out two leaflets, a prayer in Spanish and some history in our language of choice.

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