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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  • Toured the cathedral with a guide. What most stood out to us was the stained glass windows, in particular the effect of the sunlight on the rose window. The history of the cathedral is complex so... 
    Toured the cathedral with a guide. What most stood out to us was the stained glass windows, in particular the effect of the sunlight on the rose window. The history of the cathedral is complex so...  more »
  • Nice cathedral which should be visited. If you are in North of Spain and Leon is close, I advice coming here for one or two days. The cathedral has nice vitrals. It is pretty dark. It is not so big... 
    Nice cathedral which should be visited. If you are in North of Spain and Leon is close, I advice coming here for one or two days. The cathedral has nice vitrals. It is pretty dark. It is not so big...  more »
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  • Beautiful Gothic cathedral with amazing windows. Hard to believe that a little town of 5000 people could have built this masterpiece at that time. When you listen to the audio tour is so interesting how it was safe from almost certain destruction from the pass of time and previous mistakes.
  • Stunning architectural Gothic cathedral in the centre of Leon. It does take your breath away….. But, why are the staff there so miserable? From the ticket office to the “shop” assistant, not a single smile or friendly manner throughout my visit. No discount for Pilgrims either, and when you ask for a stamp for your credential, more misery. Can I give the management of the cathedral some advice; go to Burgos cathedral for a visit and see how welcome pilgrims are made and how happy the staff are. Also how open all the chapels are instead of every chapel in Leon cathedral whinge behind huge metal gates. The cathedral inside and out is worth a visit, but it could be so much better..

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