León, Spain

Going to León; Photos of Arcahueja Village, Rio Torio and outskart of León.

Going to León; Photos of Arcahueja Village, Rio Torio and outskart of León.

Arrived in Leon city and walked to the Santo Domingo Square.

Arrived in Leon city and walked to the Santo Domingo Square.

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.

León City Map

León City Map

Description of León

Description of León

Plaza de Santo Domingo

Plaza de Santo Domingo

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.

Going to Casa Botines

Going to Casa Botines

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.

Casa Botines and the statue of Gaudí.

Casa Botines and the statue of Gaudí.

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.

Plaza Regla and Cathedral of Leon

Plaza Regla and Cathedral of Leon

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).

San Marcos Street, from Plaza de Santo to Plaza la Inmaculada

San Marcos Street, from Plaza de Santo Domingo to Plaza la Inmaculada

Plaza la Inmaculada and San Marcos Street to Plaza de San Marcos

Plaza la Inmaculada and San Marcos Street to Plaza de San Marcos

Plaza de San Marcos

Plaza de San Marcos

Booked hotel, Parador - Hostel San Marcos León

Booked hotel, Parador – Hostel San Marcos León

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.

Relief on the outer walls of Parador San Marcos

Relief on the outer walls of Parador San Marcos

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.

The reception of the parador San Marcos

The reception of the parador San Marcos

The courtyard of the parador San Marcos

The courtyard of the parador San Marcos

Cloister of ground floor, parador San Marcos

Cloister of ground floor, parador San Marcos

Cloister of 2nd floor of the parador San Marcos

Cloister of 1st floor of the parador San Marcos

Church of the Parador San Marcos

Church of the Parador San Marcos

Our room of Parador San Marcos

Our room of Parador San Marcos

The restaurant of the Parador San Marcos, had dinner with my wife.

The restaurant of the Parador San Marcos, had supper with my wife.

After checking in at the Parador San Marcos, I took a walk along the nearby river, Rio Bernesga.

Roman Stone Bridge over Rio Bernesga

Roman Stone Bridge over Rio Bernesga

Roman Stone Bridge and Rio Bernesga

Roman Stone Bridge and Rio Bernesga

Walking around the Rio Bernesga.

Walking around the Rio Bernesga.

The San Marcos Square in the dusk of the evening

The San Marcos Square in the dusk of the evening

The bronze statue of The Cross and Tired Pilgrim on the San Marcos Plaza Camino-de-Santiago.

The bronze statue of The Cross and Tired Pilgrim on the San Marcos Plaza Camino-de-Santiago.

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