León is the capital of the province of León. The city has a population of 131,680 and the province of León is estimated at 494,451 of inhabitants.
The Plaza de Santo Domingo is the most prominent square in the capital Leon, located in the center of town, linked between the León Railway Station and the old town with San Isidoro church and the cathedral. I was walking around there and took some photos.
The Casa de los Botines (built 1892-1893) is a Modernist building in León, designed by Antoni Gaudí. It was adapted to serve as the headquarters of Caja España, a local savings bank. In front of the building there is a statue of Gaudi.
I whispered to Gaudi “Temple of Sagrada Família in Barcelona still hasn’t been completed.” He replied, “They’re too lazy.” I don’t think so but Antoni Gaudí said so surely.
As my booked hotel was in the Plaza de San Marcos, I went to the Square through Avenue Gran Via de San Marcos (San Marcos Street).
Parador San Marcos León; The convent of San Marcos in León is today an operating luxury parador hotel. It also contains a consecrated church and museum, and is one of the most important monuments of the Renaissance in Spain.
Parador San Marcos is one of the greatest architectural jewels of León, together with the Cathedral, the Basilica of San Isidoro and la Casa Botines.
After checking in at the Parador San Marcos, I took a walk along the nearby river, Rio Bernesga.