The cathedral, the most representative of the gothic French style in all of Spain, isn’t the biggest of size, but it’s the biggest when it comes to spirituality.
The luminosity resulting from the magnificent and extensive stain glass windows, gives something special to the building, which has two of the most important stained glass collections in Europe.
You can count the thousands and thousands of artistic details throughout the cathedral. I’m an art student, and was completely impressed.
The most famous legend about the cathedral of León and all of León is about the cathedral’s mole. If you visit the cathedral, make sure to look for the dark figure just above the main entrance.
Legend says that when the cathedral was being built, the builders finished a wall, for example, and went home. When they returned to work the following morning, the wall they had built had toppled down. The same thing happened time and time again, until they realized it was a mole that was breaking the walls they were building. One night, after finishing, they stayed there to watch over the wall and hunt the mole. It’s believed that the workers buried the mole inside of the wall, just above the main entrance.
That’s the story. All I can tell you is that if you happen to stop in León, you must take the time to see the cathedral. There are also guided tours, and entrance is free.
Without a doubt, the is one of the most impactful landscapes in León, and a required stop for all that visit the province. It’s located in the region of Bierzo, about 20 km outside of Ponferrada and 150 km outside of the capital. It’s strangeness of this place has earned it UNESCO World Heritage status. It’s a natural monument and, due to its historic relevance, a cultural park.
It has a spectacular reddish-colored landscape and strangely-shaped, clay-like mountains, where the Romans of Legio VII (in the first century) extracted gold using basic methods, mainly hydraulic energy. They took the water from the snow that accumulated in the mountains and launched it at great pressure take out the surface layers of land, leaving the precious gold nuggets in sight. When the gold was in deeper layers of the mountain, they caused cracks in the earth, forming caves that can still be seen. When they abandoned the site in the 3rd century, it has undergone transformations and some areas are now fully of vegetation (oak trees, chestnut trees, etc.). The best place to see this landscape is from the Orellán viewpoint.
You can find the remnants of forts and other settlements on the outskirts. There’s plenty of hiking trails to follow, and an archeological room in Carucedo.
First, I must tell you that the Templar Castle in Ponferrada was declared a National Monument and Historic Art in 1924. When in 1178 Ponferrada became dependent on the Templars via a gift of the Kings of Leon, the Templars found a small fort that became Roman citadel. They expanded it and improved it as the defense of the Camino de Santiago. The Castle that is there today resulted from a long series of additions and alterations carried out since the early twentieth century. The shields and crests of those who occupied and helped in its construction are proof of its various stages. The second photo is the Baroque Town Hall and the Clock Tower last Renaissance style, which is located in the access Clock Street (next to Town Hall). Because it is original, a picture of Ponferrada is attached to the Clock Tower.
He who does not know the town of Astorga, owes himself a visit :). There are many gems to be found in this area, including the the Town Hall Square and the enormous cathedral and, of course, the Episcopal Palace or Gaudí Palace. It seems incredible that anyone would dare to express in a building all our childhood dreams of knights and princesses. I don't know anyone who has not been bowled over when they first saw this place.
In the old part of Leon, the Wet District is the area that collects all the gossip of the city, especially the San Martín Square, where you can taste the typical products. Jerky, black pudding and hash. Along with local wines or beers you can have a really great time, especially if you're in good company. The Plaza Mayor's a typical image of a Spanish square with its arcades and its Saturday market. In one corner, there're wooden columns holding up the house and an empty niche recalls that in ancient times this corner could have been the scene of some neighbors' prayers addressed to any image you found inside.
Magnificent neoclassical building next to the Palace of Guzman. It was built by Gaudi, in chairs from the mountains of Leon. The highlight of the facade are the 4 towers at the corners, slate capped pinnacles. Above the main entrance there's an impressive sculpture of St. George slaying a dragon. Inside there are stained glass windows on cement base, precious. Opposite the building is an urban sculpture in bronze by Antonio Gaudí sitting on a bench. Today is Cajaespaña headquarters, and it sometimes hosts temporary art exhibitions. The building was declared a historic monument in 1969, it is worth a visit, if only in appearance.
Next to the Parador de San Marcos and integrated in the same building, this church was consecrated in 1541. It's Gothic style is decadent and inside, there are the choir stalls of Juan de Juni and Guillermo Doncel. To the right of the choir stalls, there is a small room in which Don Francisco Quevedo was imprisoned. The temple is divided into two parts separated by a wrought iron fence. Nowadays, it's often open for mass, but for years it served to separate the space of the parishioners from the altar intended for special visitors. Another aspect of the interior are the small chapels on the sides designed as confessionals. It's decorated with plateresques and the facade is full of shells from pilgrims. You can get to the museum though the church, and it has windows overlooking the interior patio.
The construction of the current Gothic cathedral began in 1471 as an extension of the previous Romanesque (11th to 13th centuries) for its top place. It was enhanced with German Gothic influences from the colonies. The Cruceria Domes stand out as masterpieces. It houses the Hispano-Flemish altarpiece of the Passion (1530) and the altarpiece by Gaspar Becerra.
The last time I visited my home country, I visited the Contemporary Art Museum and "enjoyed" the exhibition that was on at the time, referred to as: Primer Proforma 2010 Badiola Euba Prego. 30 exercises, 40 days, 8 hours a day. Made by artists: Txomin Badiola, Jon Mikel Euba and Sergio Prego. The exhibition can be viewed from 30 January until June 6, whose inauguration will be held on April 10 and is in Halls 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of Musac Leon. I don't understand modern art that much, and it got me a bit down, being that obvious that I did not like anything. The problem is that it really is very difficult to understand, but Express your opinion yourselves looking at the pictures and videos that I made. But then you have to understand the exposure as it tries to carry out the work of 3 artists and 15 volunteers ve will work on exercises that are requested by artists for 40 days and 8 hours a day. The work will be totally isolated for concentration, participants must be volunteers willing to work for 6 weeks, working 8 hours a day.
Located in the old town of Leon, and even though it's called something else, its official name is Plaza de Santa María del Camino, as is the church of the same name. There is a characteristically medieval lion, so I recommend that the ladies don't wear heels walking around the square. Don't miss it, and if you can go at night, even better.
I was completely unaware of the existence of this remote village, so I was pleasantly impressed. The church is a 10th century Jewel of Moorish art. The town is perfectly preserved. Slate and stone houses and wooden balconies. Even in ancient times it was place frequented by monks and hermits in need of solitude. It is worth getting up there, but the road is not the best.
Astorga Cathedral holds the title of Apostolic "Holy Apostolic Cathedral" and consists of three parts:-The area of worship: Church Cathedral. -The area of culture: The diocesan Archive and Museum. -The area of charity: Hospital of San Juan Bautista. Entrance is free.
Broad Street is one of the main streets of Leon, as it follows the old route of the Legio VII Roman, 1st settlements in the city. It's a pedestrian street that starts in the lower part of the Plaza de San Marcelo and at its highest part finishes in the Plaza de Regla. Towards the right side of Broad Street you'll find the popular District Wet and on the left side or the romantic neighborhood Cid (where is the Collegiate Church of San Isidoro) . Ancha Street is an obligatory place of processions, parades and pageants. On its right hand side there's a small chapel, the Cristo de la Victoria, where they usually do stop the steps of S. Holy and even sing arrows. It is the best place to watch the processions. On both sides of the street are buildings of 2 or 3 stories high, in which there is low enough shops and bars and cafes, which often draw their terraces to the street. A lot ambientillo place for a drink, and very crowded.
Although it seems a bit silly, one of the biggest tourist attractions in Astorga is the Town Hall, near Plaza Mayor, where you can see the maragatos, Juan Zancuda and Colasa, telling the time. Astorga is the capital of the region and its inhabitants are called "maragatos". On top of the town hall is the town clock with a bell on it and, on both sides of this, are two figures dressed in the costume of the region called maragatos. Its uniqueness is that every hour, these figures move and strike the bell with their mallets. The people that live here are used to it but it is a great sight for visitors.