Hotel Quindós in León: Come to the city that once was Legion
The city of León, from the Latin Legio (Legion), is the capital of the identically-named province, situated to the north-west of the Iberian Peninsula. This small, great city, lying in the confluence of the Torío and Bernesga Rivers, stands out, among many other things, for its rich cuisine, its detailed, artistic and cultural heritage, and the pleasant friendliness and hospitality of its people. It is not possible to capture the greatness of its nooks and crannies in just a few lines, not even with a million words, however, in Hotel Quindós we wanted to put together a brief guide where you will find some of the most emblematic places in our city:
A Spanish, Gothic masterpiece located right in the path of Camino de Santiago. It is known as the Santa María de León Cathedral and due to its great beauty it was named Pulchra Leonina (or the House of Light) in the 15th century. Its glassworks particularly stand out (a total of 737), which measure more than 1800 square metres, creating an unusual atmosphere of light and colour on the interior. Inspired by the Reims French Cathedral, it is a truly spectacular sight which undoubtedly is worth gazing at.
GUIDED VISITS “EL SUEÑO DE LA LUZ (THE DREAM OF LIGHT)”
Would you like to enjoy the glassworks of the León Cathedral with a very special view? Get information about El sueño de la luz Project and get closer to this amazing work of art from a height.
This Neo-gothic and Modernist style building, designed by the genius Antoni Gaudí between 1891 and 1894 was declared of Cultural Interest in 1969 and received the Europa Nostra Award for its rehabilitation in 1996. Situated next to León Provincial Government (Palacio de los Guzmanes), it is currently the headquarters of Caja España and houses exhibitions all year long (jewellery, paintings, antique toys…).
The Royal Collegiate Church of the León Basilica of San Isidoro, also simply called San Isidoro of León, is a Christian temple constructed between the 11th and 12th centuries, originally dedicated to St. John the Baptist and, afterwards, Saint Pelagius of Cordova. It is one of Spain’s most important Romanesque temples, at whose feet rests the Royal Pantheon, known as “the Sistine Chapel of Romanesque painting” because of its incredible frescos created above the vaults and the walls. Here lie the remains of 23 kings and queens of León, as well as 12 infants and 9 earls. Among the paintings dedicated to Christmas, the Passion and the Resurrection, it is worth mentioning the so-called Isodorian Calendar, where the agricultural works of every day of the year are represented. At the same time, the Royal Collegiate Church Museum conserves pieces of great, historic and artistic value, like the jewels of Urraca of León and Castile (of the 11th century) or the Pantocrator Portapaz.
The San Salvador de Palat del Rey Church is considered one of the oldest in León. Declared of Cultural Interest in 1931, it is a Gothic Temple with Mozarabic remains which encloses a small museum about its history and, even still, it serves as a temple to celebrate liturgies.
Currently converted into a roadside bar-restaurant, the Convent of San Marcos represents one of the city’s most important architectural jewels, as well as one of the most representative monuments of the Spanish Plateresque style.
Opened in April 2005, the MUSAC offers its visitors a unique journey through the current, artistic scene, where you can enjoy the latest national as well as international tendencies. The building is a work of the Mansilla + Tuñón Arquitectos Studio of Architects, awarded the Mies der Rohe Prize for Contemporary Architecture for their design in 2007. For more information, go to http://www.musac.es/.
Designed by the Mansilla + Tuñón Arquitectos Studio of Architects, the Municipal Auditorium in León was awarded the Premio de Arquitectura Española (Prize for Spanish Architecture) in 2003. With an area of 9000 square metres, special, cultural shows take place (music, theatre, exhibitions…). If you want more information, go to http://www.auditorioleon.es/.
Situated in the old quarters, “el Húmedo” is the most typical part of the city for tapas restaurants and to enjoy a succulent snack in good company. There you will find bars, restaurants, shops, bazaars…