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    Cathedral de Leon/Saint Mary Cathedral

    by Oleg_D. Written Jul 1, 2014
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    Cathedral of Leon dedicated to Virgin Mary stands on the base of ancient Roman baths of II century AD. Before that cathedral this same base was used for the earlier church which hasn’t survived. Construction of the cathedral was started in 1255 and was mostly finished by the beginning of XVI century. First documented architect and master builder of the Cathedral since 1261 was Simon. His job continued Enricus or Enrique who died in 1277. Cathedral of Leon together with Cathedral of Burgos are two most beautiful Gothic Cathedrals in Castile and Leon and probably in entire Spain built in so-called style of French Gothic.
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    Admission 5 Euros.
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    From July through September, Monday – Saturday: 08:30-13:30 and 16:00-20:00 hrs.
    Sunday: 08:30 – 14:30 and 17:00-20:00
    From October through June, Monday – Saturday: 08:30-13:30 and 16:00-19:00 hrs.
    Sunday: 08:30 – 14:30 and 17:00-19:00

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    Cathedral de Leon. Outer decorative elements

    by Oleg_D. Written Jul 1, 2014
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    As all other medieval cathedral built in gothic style the Cathedral of Leon decorated by many decorative elements such as bas-relieves, sculptures and of course gargoyles. Majority of those decorative elements were created and installed at their place in XIV and XV centuries. So, just have a look up and you will be rewarded!
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    Admission 5 Euros.
    Open:
    From July through September, Monday – Saturday: 08:30-13:30 and 16:00-20:00 hrs.
    Sunday: 08:30 – 14:30 and 17:00-20:00
    From October through June, Monday – Saturday: 08:30-13:30 and 16:00-19:00 hrs.
    Sunday: 08:30 – 14:30 and 17:00-19:00

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    Cathedral de Leon. Main Portal

    by Oleg_D. Written Jul 1, 2014
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    Main portal with three gates was built by mid of XIII century in typical early gothic style. Since this cathedral dedicated to Virgin Mary you can see her statue with baby Christ at central column of central gate. Tympanum over the central doorway is decorated with the figure of Jesus Christ as the Man of Sorrow. Under hem you can see how the righteous are entering the Kingdom of Heaven and sinners suffering hell tortures. Tympanum over left doorway is decorated with the scenes of the Annunciation, Christmas, Adoration of Magi, Flight to Egypt and Slaughter of Innocents. For me personally the scene of Slaughter of innocents is the most important because it produces invaluable information on arms and armor of local men-at-arm of mid of XIII century. And at last tympanum over right hand side doorway decorated with the scenes of the Assumption of God Mother.
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    Admission 5 Euros.
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    From July through September, Monday – Saturday: 08:30-13:30 and 16:00-20:00 hrs.
    Sunday: 08:30 – 14:30 and 17:00-20:00
    From October through June, Monday – Saturday: 08:30-13:30 and 16:00-19:00 hrs.
    Sunday: 08:30 – 14:30 and 17:00-19:00

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    Cathedral de Leon. South portal

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 29, 2014
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    Since the cloister of Leonese Cathedral is situated on the north side you can access and observe the southern wing of transept and southern portal. As you can see it is clearly gothic. Portal has three doors. Tympanum over the central doorway decorated with the figure of Jesus Christ surrounded with four Evangelists, Mathew, Luke, Marc and John. Under them you can see the figures of twelve Apostles. Right doorway also has the tympanum heavily decorated by the statues of angels and saints. Tympanum of left doorway still remained undecorated.
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    Admission 5 Euros.
    Open:
    From July through September, Monday – Saturday: 08:30-13:30 and 16:00-20:00 hrs.
    Sunday: 08:30 – 14:30 and 17:00-20:00
    From October through June, Monday – Saturday: 08:30-13:30 and 16:00-19:00 hrs.
    Sunday: 08:30 – 14:30 and 17:00-19:00

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    Cathedral de Leon. Interiors

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 29, 2014
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    Interiors of the Cathedral of Leon are the masterpiece of Spanish Gothic style. It was designed in first half of XIII century when this trend dominated the Kingdom’s architecture and was known as French. The delicacy of the cathedral's decoration is renowned throughout Spain and it has attracted scores of visitors through the years since being declared a site of Cultural Interest way back in 1844. You are going to enjoy 1800 square meters of the stained glass window, frescow of Nicolas Frances (died in 1462) and many other wonderful things. The cathedral has three naves and the transept.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flashlight and tripod.
    Admission 5 Euros.
    Open:
    From July through September, Monday – Saturday: 08:30-13:30 and 16:00-20:00 hrs.
    Sunday: 08:30 – 14:30 and 17:00-20:00
    From October through June, Monday – Saturday: 08:30-13:30 and 16:00-19:00 hrs.
    Sunday: 08:30 – 14:30 and 17:00-19:00

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    Cathedral de Leon. Oldest stained glass windows

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 29, 2014
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    If you are interested to see the oldest stained glass windows of the Cathedral of Leon then you should go to the ambulatory behind the high altar. There, in the chapels of ambulatory you will see maybe not so impressively big stained glass windows as they are in the side naves but made in first half of XIII century. Most interesting things for the people like me were the images of men-at-arms of XIII century.
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    Admission 5 Euros.
    Open:
    From July through September, Monday – Saturday: 08:30-13:30 and 16:00-20:00 hrs.
    Sunday: 08:30 – 14:30 and 17:00-20:00
    From October through June, Monday – Saturday: 08:30-13:30 and 16:00-19:00 hrs.
    Sunday: 08:30 – 14:30 and 17:00-19:00

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    Cathedral de Leon. Stained glass windows

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 28, 2014
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    This cathedral can also boast with impressive 1800 square meters of stained glass windows. Majority of them are dating from XIII and XIV centuries, these stained glass windows are held to be amongst the very finest in entire world. That’s why this cathedral is also known as the “Pulchra Leonina” - The House of Light. School of stained glass window masters still exists in the city of Leon and if you would like to learn that trade then you should visit exactly this city.
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    From July through September, Monday – Saturday: 08:30-13:30 and 16:00-20:00 hrs.
    Sunday: 08:30 – 14:30 and 17:00-20:00
    From October through June, Monday – Saturday: 08:30-13:30 and 16:00-19:00 hrs.
    Sunday: 08:30 – 14:30 and 17:00-19:00

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    Cathedral de Leon. Choirs

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 28, 2014
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    Choirs of Cathedral of Leon are the product of XVI century. They are situated as in many Spanish cathedrals not near the high altar but in the mid section of central nave between the transept and main portal. As usually in the choirs you are going to see carved wooden chairs. Main entrance to the choirs was built in XVI century too, that’s why it as created in typical for that period style of plateresco.
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    From July through September, Monday – Saturday: 08:30-13:30 and 16:00-20:00 hrs.
    Sunday: 08:30 – 14:30 and 17:00-20:00
    From October through June, Monday – Saturday: 08:30-13:30 and 16:00-19:00 hrs.
    Sunday: 08:30 – 14:30 and 17:00-19:00

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    Cathedral de Leon. High Altar

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 28, 2014
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    Gothic altarpiece was made in XV century (before 1468) by Burgundian painter and woodcarver Nicolas Frances in the Main Chapel. That’s why this altarpiece is also known as the Burgundian Altar. Here you can also see stunning statue of Virgin Mary known as Virgin Blanca (White Virgin) which presides over the visiting crowds. And at last the relics of San Frolian the Patron Saint of Leon are in a silver urn made by Enrique de Arfe.
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    From July through September, Monday – Saturday: 08:30-13:30 and 16:00-20:00 hrs.
    Sunday: 08:30 – 14:30 and 17:00-20:00
    From October through June, Monday – Saturday: 08:30-13:30 and 16:00-19:00 hrs.
    Sunday: 08:30 – 14:30 and 17:00-19:00

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    Cathedral de Leon. Tombs

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 27, 2014
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    There are a lot of tombs in the Cathedral of Leon. Majority of them belong to prominent members of aristocracy and clergymen. Tombs inside of cathedral are from the period of XIII-XV centuries.
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    From July through September, Monday – Saturday: 08:30-13:30 and 16:00-20:00 hrs.
    Sunday: 08:30 – 14:30 and 17:00-20:00
    From October through June, Monday – Saturday: 08:30-13:30 and 16:00-19:00 hrs.
    Sunday: 08:30 – 14:30 and 17:00-19:00

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    Cathedral de Leon. Ambulatory

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 27, 2014
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    Ambulatory or the passage behind high altar was built in XIV century in typical for that period style of high gothic. You will find there excellent statue of Virgin Mary made in XIV century, mural with the scene of Annunciation painted in XV century and a lot of wonderful chapels built and decorated between XIV and XVI centuries. There are also wonderful stained glass windows. Otherwise, while you are in ambulatory, you are in the kingdom of gothic.
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    From July through September, Monday – Saturday: 08:30-13:30 and 16:00-20:00 hrs.
    Sunday: 08:30 – 14:30 and 17:00-20:00
    From October through June, Monday – Saturday: 08:30-13:30 and 16:00-19:00 hrs.
    Sunday: 08:30 – 14:30 and 17:00-19:00

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    Cathedral de Leon. Frescos and tomb in ambulatory.

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 27, 2014
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    In ambulatory or the passage behind the high altar you will find luxurious tomb of the prince belonged to highest aristocracy of the Kingdom of Castile and Leon. It was certainly made in second half of XV century. You can see laying effigy of the deceased Prince. Crown on his head tells about his high status. That tomb decorated with the scene of crucifixion and statues of the courtier and man-at-arms. On the left from the tomb is the fresco with scene of “Lamentation” painted in the beginning of XV century. And on the right is the fresco with the scene from the Gospels also painted in the beginning of XV century. Unfortunately central part of that fabulous fresco is missing but anyway here we can see several Spanish warriors of the period.
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    From July through September, Monday – Saturday: 08:30-13:30 and 16:00-20:00 hrs.
    Sunday: 08:30 – 14:30 and 17:00-20:00
    From October through June, Monday – Saturday: 08:30-13:30 and 16:00-19:00 hrs.
    Sunday: 08:30 – 14:30 and 17:00-19:00

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    Cathedral de Leon. Cloister

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 26, 2014
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    Cloister of the Cathedral of Leon itself has been built in XIV century, its vaults were accomplished only in XV century. It was totally accomplished in XVIII century. Fortunately this cloister was not devastated and destroyed by disastrous so-called reconstruction in the stile of baroque. It preserved it original late gothic appearance. To my mind this cloister is one of the best late gothic cloisters in Spain.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flashlight and tripod.
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    From July through September, Monday – Saturday: 08:30-13:30 and 16:00-20:00 hrs.
    Sunday: 08:30 – 14:30 and 17:00-20:00
    From October through June, Monday – Saturday: 08:30-13:30 and 16:00-19:00 hrs.
    Sunday: 08:30 – 14:30 and 17:00-19:00

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    Cathedral de Leon. Cloister/Galleries

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 26, 2014
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    Although cloister itself has been built in XIV century, its vaults were accomplished only in XV century. And this is the reason why they are built in typical late gothic style. You will be able to see there the statues, tombs of clergymen and frescos of XIV-XV centuries. To observe and enjoy all those masterpieces you will need at least one hour.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flashlight and tripod.
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    From July through September, Monday – Saturday: 08:30-13:30 and 16:00-20:00 hrs.
    Sunday: 08:30 – 14:30 and 17:00-20:00
    From October through June, Monday – Saturday: 08:30-13:30 and 16:00-19:00 hrs.
    Sunday: 08:30 – 14:30 and 17:00-19:00

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    Cathedral de Leon. Cloister/Frescos

    by Oleg_D. Written Jun 26, 2014

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    All upper parts of arched walls or so-called lunettes of the cloister have the frescos. All those frescos show the story of the Jesus’ life and his Passions. Frescos were painted in second part of XV century. Unfortunately they are either badly damaged or faded away. I used special programs to “recreate” them on my pictures. Modern technologies allow us to see these frescos again and I should to tell that all frescos are the very valuable sources of information on the fashion, arms and armor of second part of XV century.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flashlight and tripod.
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    From July through September, Monday – Saturday: 08:30-13:30 and 16:00-20:00 hrs.
    Sunday: 08:30 – 14:30 and 17:00-20:00
    From October through June, Monday – Saturday: 08:30-13:30 and 16:00-19:00 hrs.
    Sunday: 08:30 – 14:30 and 17:00-19:00

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