Official Portal of Tourism. Junta de Castilla y Leon
The House of Light
Cathedral of Leon
The most luminous and colourful cathedral in the region. It is a perfect example of French Gothic architecture, with pure ascending lines and an exquisite series of stained glass windows letting cascades of light into the building. It houses a unique collection: 737 stained glass windows with a total surface of 1,765 m2 made between the 13th and the 20th centuries.
The Pulchra Leonina, a Latin appellation that defines the cathedral as beautiful, it was started in the 12th century an intended to be the largest cathedral of the time. This did not happen, but instead it became one of the most beautiful Spanish Gothic churches.
It was built on the site of a previous Roman hot baths of the 2nd century that, 800 years later, the emblematic king Ordoño II converted into a palace. Its doors, its impressive rose window, the choir (one of the oldest in the country) and the delicacy of some figures, like the venerated Virgen Blanca presiding over the constant traffic of visitors, are some of the not-to-be-missed features of this cathedral.
- Religious architecture
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- Historical Period:
- Middle Ages
- Monday to friday: 9:30 – 13:30 and 16:00 – 19:00
- Saturday: depending on worship service
- Sunday: 9:30 – 14:00
- General: 6 €
- Reduced: 2 €
- Groups: 5 €
Remarks: It is closed during service.
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