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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

  • Sep28

    Mansilla de la Mulas To León

    September 28, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Another day of great weather. We made it to the great city of Leon. I registered at my albergue, shortly after 1:00 pm. It is another parochial one. Just 6 euro includes breakfast! We are inside the old walled city.

    León will represent a turning point for me. I have decided to leave the familiar overcrowded Camino Frances, and start the Camino San Salvador. It starts in León, and continues north to a cathedral in Oviedo where I will receive a compestella document for this Camino. It is a logical extension of the Camino de Madrid/Camino Frances combination. This made more sense for me, as I already have 3 from Santiago. My Aussie friend Paul, is going to complete the Frances, as it is flatter . He feels that the hills of the San Salvador would be too much for his knees.

    So I start the San Salvador tomorrow. It has some great mountain views, hilly terrain, and lots of brooooootal. Should be good!
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  • Day36

    Day 36. León, Spain.

    September 9, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    A leisurely morning. No boots. Off to Confiterias León for breakfast. Sight seeing planned today. We got a map of highlights to see from the tourist bureau opposite the Cathedral and find out what was open today on a Monday.
    We took our photo in front of the Catholic Santa María de León Cathedral, also called The House of Light or the Pulchra Leonina.
    We walked around the outside of the Roman wall. Traces of Roman and Medieval walls can be seen as stone walls. The oldest stone wall from which there are remnants is the one built at the end of the 1st century by Legio VII Gemina. Medieval walls are characterised by the paved corridor between a first, lower wall (“el antemuro” – the bulwark) and a second, higher, more robust wall (this is the actual wall). Built entirely in lime and pebble masonry, it had nine gates.
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  • Day35

    Day 35d. León, Spain

    September 8, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    A great start to our time in León. A catch up with some Peregrino friends and a procession through the Camino centre.
    We really need to learn more Spanish. The people in the villages don’t speak any English as expected but I thought that the larger tourist centres would have information in English and understand and speak some English. It is very difficult to get by with only English in Leòn. Most restaurants spoke no English and sometimes would not even let us sit at the outside tables that had views onto the main squares. It was a nightmare ordering food because our Vodafone sims weren’t working and they didn’t want to give us wifi connection without ordering.Read more

  • Day36

    Day 36a. Puerta Castillo, León, Spain.

    September 9, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    In the Plaza de Puerta Castillo is the CAsona de Puerta Castillo which houses the Interpretation Centre of Roman Leon.
    There are rooms explaining different themes.
    The Roman Army. Special emphasis on the imperial stage.
    The Hispanias Pacavi. The Cantabrian and Asturian war marked the epilogue of the conquest of Hispania by Rome.
    The Roman León. The archeological city.
    The Sixth Victorious Legion and the Legio VII Gemina. A review of the major milestones that marked the history of the two legions settled in the León site.
    Contubernium. A recreation of one of the rooms that accommodated the Roman legionaries.
    The Leigo VII Gemina and its permanent Fortress in León. Evidence is shown of the legionary fortress that was installed by the legio VII in the last quarter fo the A.D. I century, and that lasted until the end Roman world.
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  • Day36

    Day 36b. León, Spain.

    September 9, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    We were able to go out onto a part of the Roman wall from the Roman Interpretation Centre.
    Many of the art works depicted daily life. I found the one of the main square interesting in particular the woman shown wearing her shoes inside outdoor shoes which have small stilts for walking on muck.
    Next to the Archivo Historico Provincial in the Castillo de León in the Plaza Puerta Castillo. An interesting collection of photographs depicting what has changed and remained unchanged with the passing of time and footprints of the pilgrims.
    We were able to walk on another section of the wall from here.
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  • 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.
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  • Day37

    Day 37. León to Madrid, Spain.

    September 10, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Last day in León. It is freezing. Have all my warmest clothes on and am still shivering. It is only 10 degrees.
    I am ready to go now. Finding the language barrier and difficulties in finding good food a challenge. I have a sore left heel. Not sure why but it is annoying. Maybe from wearing flip flops on the cobbled streets for two days.
    Went to our favourite breakfast place. Caught up our blog on their excellent wifi.
    Back to our Hotel, put on warmer clothes and packed our bags to put in storage until we go to the railway station.
    Off for some culture.
    Museo de León, the "Pallarés" building. Fascinating. 1€ entrance or free for seniors. She took one look at Ron and said ‘free’.
    The woman on the desk was fabulous. She made sure we noticed the works from the master artists. There were three levels of art and artifacts and a panorama view on the top. The first floor temporary exhibition art was mesmerising.
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  • Day37

    Day 37b. Museo de León.

    September 10, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    The collections in the museums show all the historic periods of human activity in Leon, from the Palaeolithic to our times. Some of the most relevant are the collections on the Romanisation and the Middle Ages, as well as the coin and inscription collections.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

León, Leon, ليون, Ciudá de Llión, Lleó, Leono, LEN, レオン, 24001, Леон

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