Elegance of Leon

Leon is the fourth major city in our path to Santiago. We loved Pamplona and it’s wild bull. When we made it to Logrono, we fell in love with its life, especially after 8 pm. Burgos was pretentious and loud (especially the Cathedral).

We found Leon to be graceful and elegant. As we entered the city, we were greeted by the river.

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The 13th century gothic cathedral is nothing like the cathedral in Burgos. While the cathedral in Burgos was huge with 23 chapels, the cathedral in Leon was simple. Elegant, and graceful.

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The stained glass inside the cathedral was breathtaking, giving the cathedral a peaceful feeling, leaving us in awe.

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Our hotel was close to the cathedral and afforded this view from one of the windows.

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In the morning after our customary coffee, orange juice, and pastry/croissants , we went on a 45 minute bus tour of the city.

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The tour took us past the cathedral to the first century roman wall, to the basilica, and to plaza San Marcos.

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We then decided to go on a walking tour of Leon.

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11th century San Isidoro basilica church was peaceful.

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The 12th century plaza San Marco Monastery has seen many faces through times. It is now converted to a fancy parador (hotel) but has served as pilgrim hospital, prison , concentration camp, and headquarter for knights of Templars protecting the Camino pilgrims.

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We had stumbled upon the organ playing and singing at the cathedral mass the previous night. The voice was heavenly so we decided to go back to the mass a second night for the beautiful and heavenly voice. At the end as everyone was leaving we were still huddled around this man and he did a virtuoso performance for us the likes of which I have never witnessed. As we have 3 new comers joining us tomorrow for the rest of the Camino, we get to enjoy yet another rest day and may be listening once again a third night to the singing and organ playing.

6 thoughts on “Elegance of Leon

  1. Sanam

    Wow the churches are absolutely beautiful! This city seems wonderful – so glad you all are enjoying the sight seeing there 🙂

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  2. samji13700

    Leon does look quite interesting and beautiful. Great to see big beautiful smiles on everyone’s face, especially after completing 10 consecutive walking marathons. After walking so much, it is interesting that you guys still do “walking tours”.

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  3. Shalu

    I love the pictures of the happy Family of 5! Soon to be the family of 7. I can’t believe that you are done with stages 1 & 2 of your trip already. As always, I’m very inspired by all of you.

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