The Cathedral of León, also known as the Basilica Catedral de Santa María de Regla is an impressive monument, in Gothic style, located in the centre of the city of León. It is one of the city’s most prominent buildings and a popular tourist destination for both national and international visitors.
History of the Cathedral of Santa María de Regla de León
The construction of León Cathedral began in the 13th century. The first stone was laid in 1205 and completed in 1302. It is also located in an ancient Roman baths, which became a royal palace during the Christian reconquest.
Known as the “Pulchra Leonina”, this cathedral is one of the largest and most magnificent in Spain, and houses some of the finest examples of Gothic art.
In the 19th century, a major restoration was carried out in which the current neo-Gothic façade was added.
León Cathedral is famous for its impressive collection of stained glass windows and its façade, which are among the best in Europe.
Western façade of León Cathedral
The western façade of León Cathedral is the main façade. The façade includes three large doors and is adorned with numerous sculptures and decorative details such as sculptures of saints and apostles… It also has a central rose window that dates back to stained glass windows from the end of the 13th century.
Interior of the Cathedral of León
The interior of León Cathedral is a real treasure trove of art and architecture. Inside the cathedral, visitors can admire the numerous chapels and altars, as well as the impressive central nave, which is 30 metres high and 90 metres long in total.
It has high Gothic arches, side chapels and numerous sculptures and objets d’art. One of the most outstanding features of the interior is the carved wooden choir dating from the 15th century.
Curiosities of the Cathedral of León
León Cathedral is a monument full of interesting curiosities. Discover some of the most interesting ones:
Visit León Cathedral
Tickets for La Catedral de León can be purchased at the Cathedral’s ticket office or online. Ticket prices vary depending on whether you want to visit only the Cathedral or if you also want to visit the museum.
Timetable of the Cathedral
The opening hours of La Catedral de León vary according to the season of the year. In the link above you can see the different timetables available depending on the month and day.
- Monday to Saturday: 9:00, 12:00 and 18:00
- Sundays and public holidays: 11:00, 12:00, 13:00 and 18:00.
León Cathedral is one of the most visited monuments in the city and receives thousands of tourists every year. Visitors who have had the opportunity to visit it have left numerous positive comments, highlighting the beauty of the architecture and the impressive collection of art and religious objects.
Photos of the Cathedral of León
There are many stunning photographs of La Catedral de León available. These photos show the impressive architecture as well as the decorative details and stained glass windows.
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