Catedral de León

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  • Day42

    Herbst in Leon

    October 14, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 10 °C

    Jetzt hat uns der Herbst doch noch eingeholt. Leon war mit nur 5° unser bisher kältester Stop, aber ich hab mich trotzdem gefreut meine Bommelmütze endlich nochmal auszupacken! Leon ist eine der netten spanischen Städte in denen man zu einem Getränk gratis Tapas dazu bekommt, weshalb wir uns hier das Kochen gespart haben und uns stattdessen durch die unzähligen Tapasvariationen probiert/getrunken haben....Read more

  • Day36

    Day 36c. Cathedral León, Spain.

    September 9, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    The history of Saint Mary’s Cathedral’s starts in the 10th century. King of León Ordoño II’s royal palace lay on the old terms and public buildings built by the Roman VII Legion (Legio VII) in the mid 2nd century. In the year 917, after vanquishing the Arabs in the battle of San Esteban de Gormaz, the king gave up his residence to show his “gratitude to God”, and letting the first Cathedral be erected in there. Guarded by the Saint Benedict monks, the temple’s structure was very similar to other Leonese Mozarab buildings. Upon his death in 924, King Ordoño II was buried there.
    Princess Urraca, Fernando I’s sister, began the construction of a new building, closer to the aspirations of Romaesque Cristianity. It was consecrated on November, 10th 1073. It was made of brick and masonry, with three naves completed with semicircular apses. This cathedral stood until the end of the following century, when the last king of León accessed the throne, Alfonso IX. From then on, the city and the kingdom underwent an important social and cultural shift that resulted in the construction of the current building.
    León’s catedral is widely known for its 130 church windows and three rose windows.
    The late Gothic choir inside the temple is also remarkable (15th century), built in walnut wood by Jusquin van Utrech, Copin de Holanda and Juan de Malinas. The altarpiece from the Main Altar keeps five boards with scenes about the Virgin Mary and San Froilán. In the ambulatory there lies the tomb of the only king buried in the Leonese cathedral, Ordoño II.
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  • Day36

    Day 36d. León, Spain.

    September 9, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    We continued our sight seeing after lunch. The Casa Botines, built 1891-1892, is a Modernist building in León, Spain designed by Antoni Gaudí. It was adapted to serve as the headquarters of Caja España, a local savings bank.
    Back to the hotel for siesta.
    We mooched out to dinner about 7:30pm. Bumped into Yin who was meeting up with friends. We stopped at El Altar Bar. Back to basics. Beer and homemade potato chips. All the bars give nibbles with drinks. It could be bread with Spanish ham or tomatoes or potato chips or olives or mixed nuts. If you order more drinks you get more different nibbles. We followed with pizza for Ron and Crab salad for me. It was freezing tonight in León.Read more

  • Day35

    Day 35c. León, Spain.

    September 8, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    We walked around the Cathedral Regla Plaza. There is a monument on the northwest side of the plaza which is a Tribute to the Builders of Cathedrals. It was completed in 1997 by the artist Juan Carlos Uriarte.
    We then walked to our Hotel Alfonso V in Av Del Padres Isla which we now need to two nights (70€ a night). A luxury.Read more

  • Day23

    León-Hospital de la Órbigo

    May 11, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    32km de marche sous un soleil plombant. Nous avons eu un beau souper d’au revoir avec nos amis. La ville de León est superbe avec sa cathédrale splendide.

  • Day32


    May 19, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Tonight and tomorrow we will stay in Leon, resting up for the last 200 miles. We’ll devote tomorrow to the magnificent Gothic Cathedral.

    The past few days have been easy walks with few climbs. We passed the halfway point at Sahagun, where we celebrated with KitKats!

    Each church steeple, and other high places, seems to have a resident stork. We can see the little ones in the nests and we often hear the parents clacking over their babies.

    We also passed a boot graveyard today, out in the middle of nowhere.

    We still see some of the same folks we’ve been walking with for several weeks, including a young photographer for the Miami Dolphins who’s here on special assignment.

    And we’ve eaten many of the French bread sandwiches, called bocadillos, a staple of the pilgrim diet, along with fried eggs and Spanish tortilla (a potato, egg and cheese pie).
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  • Day2


    April 26, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    In meinem Reiseführer steht: „die Auswahl der passenden Herberge in León ist nicht einfach“ und „... traf ich einst einen Pilger, der sich nach einer in dieser Herberge durchwachten Nacht ein T-Shirt mit der Aufschrift „I survived sleeping in León!“ anfertigen ließ.“

    Naiv (oder überheblich?) wie ich war, dachte ich, schlimmer als in manchen Hostels in Asien kann’s nicht werden. Pah!
    Zuerst war meine Befürchtung, mein größtes Problem in León wird sein, eine Unterkunft/ein Hotel zu finden, dass noch ein Plätzchen für mich übrig hat. Die Suche danach erwies sich nämlich als äußerst kompliziert, da an einem Freitag in León anscheinend viel los zu seien scheint. Also buchte ich zähneknirschend eine Unterkunft im Internet, die mich 24€ kostete... Als wir dann um 23 Uhr endlich in León ankamen und meine Fahrer (ein französisch-portugiesisches Pärchen) mich sogar zu meinem Hotel fuhren, ergab sich allerdings das nächste Problem. Mein Hotel war nicht da! Wir fragten überall herum und einer Bar informierte man uns darüber, dass das Hotel sogar irgendwelche illegalen Machenschaften im Schilde führe. So musste das ja kommen...
    Letztendlich fanden wir dann das Haus, wo in einem Schließfach mein Schlüssel untergebracht sein sollte - Betonung liegt auf sollte. War er nämlich nicht. Also riefen meine Fahrer das Unternehmen an, denn die können deutlich besser spanisch als ich (Grüße gehen raus an meinen Spanischkurs, in dem ich nichts lernte - nada), und versuchten herauszufinden, wo denn der Schlüssel zum passenden Hotel wäre. Kurz darauf stand fest: ich suche mir ein neues Hotel (leider für 30€). So war nach über einer Stunde Sucherei die Horror-Nacht endlich vorüber. Und ich bin meinen Fahrer unendlich dankbar, dass sie mir in diesem außergewöhnlichen Ausmaß weiterhalfen!! Auch wenn sich unsere Kommunikation als äußerst holprig gestaltete, da keiner von uns eine Sprache beherrschte, die der andere ebenfalls sprach.
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  • Day32

    How we navigate

    May 19, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    How do you find your way across 500 miles of Spain, through villages, fields and cities? You pay attention and look for these —

    (Or you look for other pilgrims who seem to know where they’re going).

  • Day25

    León, Spain

    September 11, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    I've been wondering who paints all the yellow arrows that guide the way on the Camino. As I was leaving León this morning I found one arrow painter at work.
    And here are some examples of arrows that I've seen along the way. It can be unpredictable as to where to look for the arrows. They are on the road, on rocks, on lamp poles and sides of buildings.Read more

  • Day33


    May 20, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    We’re enjoying our rest day in Leon, and this siesta thing is pretty nice! Our hotel is just outside the Cathedral, across the street from a hospital (good location?!).

    Leon Cathedral is so different from Burgos Cathedral, but beautiful in its own way. Burgos had more intimate spaces, while Leon is vast, airy, and alive with what seem like acres of stained glass.

    It was built in the 13th century and by the 1850s it was falling apart; sections of the vaulted roof collapsed. Repair work took 50 years, and all of the stained glass windows had to be removed, stored in boxes, and then replaced.

    These pics really don’t do it justice, but hope you enjoy them.
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Catedral de León, Catedral de Leon

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