Next door to the basilica, to the left of the main doorway, is the entrance to the Basilica Museum, comprising the Royal Burial Vault, Cloister, Treasurehouse and Collection of Cdices. Entrance ticktets are for all four.
Fernando I and his wife, the Gueen Sancha, were buried at the Monastery of San Juan Bautista de León, which changed its name to San Isidoro when the remains of the Seville Holy were transferred to the monastery in 1063, at the request of Fernando I, who wanted the relics of the illustrious and wise Seville Archbishop should rest in the city of León.
This funeral chapel is one of the examples of surviving Romanesque art in León. The columns are crowned with Visigothic capitals, with floral or historic designs.
The murals were painted in the 12th century and they consist of an ensemble of New Testament subjects along with scenes of contemporary rural life.
The Chalice of Doña Urraca is a jewel-encrusted onyx chalice which is alleged to be the Holy Grail; the cup from which Jesus drank and served Holy Communion.
Doña Urraca of Zamora (also called Urraca of León or Urraca Fernández, 1033-1101) was a Leónese infanta (king’s daughter in Kingdom of León), one of the five children of Ferdinand I the Great, who received the city of Zamora as her inheritance and exercised palatine authority in it. Her story was romanticized in the Cantar de gesta (Epic poem) called the Cantar de Mio Cid, and Robert Southey’s Chronicle of the Cid.
At the end of her life, she retired to a monastery in Leon where she remained until her death in 1101 and was buried in The Royal Pantheon in Basilica of San Isidoro where her parents and two siblings were also buried.
Left the San Isidoro Museum, I have to go to the west.