León is a Spanish city with a lot of history. The Romans arrived in AD68 – the 7th Legion set up camp on a hill where the Cathedral now stands. Later, the Visigoths arrived who in turn were replaced by the Moors. Control of the city fluctuated between Moors and Christians and, in the 10th century, it became the capital of the kingdom of Asturias and Leon when García I transferred his court there from Oviedo. However, it was not until the 11th century that the city was fully under Christian control. Today, there are many fine buildings that reflect León’s importance amongst the Christian cities in Spain.

Its most famous monument is the Catedral de Santa María de Regla. It is an impressive building made even more outstanding by its stained-glass windows known as the Pulchra Leonina.

León Cathedral photo: Derek Emson

León Cathedral interior
photo: public domain

A few streets away is a real treasure – the Colegiata de San Isidoro. The 11th century church not only houses the Royal Pantheon, the burial place of some of medieval León’s royal family, but also contains one of the best collections of Romanesque paintings in the World – a series of frescoes from the 12th century which decorate the underground crypt.

León Royal Pantheon
photo public domain

León Casa Botines
photo public domain


more blogs by Robert Bovington…

“Photographs of Spain”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“bits and bobs”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books AboutSpain”
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About Robert Bovington

Robert Bovington is an English writer of travel books. These include “Spanish Matters” and “Spanish Impressions” Robert Bovington was born in Brighton, East Sussex, the son of Leonard and Audrey Bovington. He is the first-born and has eight siblings – six brothers and two sisters. Having worked for many years in both the telecommunications industry and the teaching profession, Robert wanted to take on new challenges. He and Diane decided to relocate to Spain and, in 2003, the couple moved to Roquetas de Mar in sunny Andalucía. However, lazing on the beach was not Robert's idea of fun - he wanted to explore his new homeland. It didn't stop there! He was so impressed with Spain, its countryside, its historic cities and its culture that it inspired him to write about his experiences. Robert Bovington has been married to Diane for over thirty years. They have no children. However, Robert’s short marriage to Helene resulted in twin daughters Carole and Sheila. The author is also a grandfather and great grandfather. Robert met Diane when both belonged to the Crescent Operatic Society. Music is one of the author’s great passions. At primary school he sang in a choir in a concert of Bach and Handel. Another of his interests is football and for many years he supported Brighton & Hove Albion home and away. His favourite premiership team is Arsenal. Other interests include information technology, writing and ten-pin bowling.
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